Mesa Museum of Natural History Presents Return to the Sea of Cortez Exhibition

In 1940, author John Steinbeck and scientist Ed Ricketts made a momentous voyage down the peninsula of Baja California and around the Sea of Cortez (the Gulf of California). In 2004, a group of scientists set out to revisit the sites explored by the earlier expedition. Return to the Sea of Cortez is the story, in English and Spanish, of these adventures.

Steinbeck and Ricketts set out in their boat, the Western Flyer, to discover all they could of the marine biology in the tidewater areas of the gulf. The expedition of 2004, 64 years later in the vessel Gus D, revisited the original field sites and compared the results to those observed by Steinbeck and Ricketts in 1940.

Return to the Sea of Cortez was organized by Nancy Burnett with support from Chuck Baxter, William Gilly and Exequiel Ezcurra. Visit for logs of the journey, teacher’s guides and much more.

Image: Arizona Museum of Natural History

The Arizona Museum of Natural History is the premier natural history museum in Arizona. It is dedicated to inspire wonder, respect and understanding for the natural and cultural history of the Southwest.

Arizona Museum of Natural History
53 N. Macdonald
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 480-644-2230

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