In 1768, the Fransiscans took over responsibility from the Jesuits. 300 Cochimí native Indigenous people were enslaved and kept near the Mission. They cut and hauled all the stones that built the church and the spooky, narrow bell tower. We all climbed to top, creepy!

We all hopped into our dingy’s and raced up the river, which is brackish but home to hundreds of Blue cannonball jellyfish floating along. These were fun to hold, since they won’t sting. They only live about 8 months. Funny reproduction fact: the male shoots sperm out of his mouth and the female catches it in her mouth. She harbors the eggs in her little arms. STRANGE!

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