Friday, March 9, 2007

Whales / San Carlos

Los Cabos whale watching.

The Gray (or Grey) Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) is a whale that travels between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. It reaches a length of about 16 meters (52 ft),

The Gray Whale is distributed in a eastern North Pacific (American) population and a critically endangered western North Pacific (Asian) population. A third population in the North Atlantic became extinct in the 18th century.


The Gray Whale is a dark slate-gray in color and covered by characteristic gray-white patterns, scars left by parasities which drop off in the cold feeding grounds. It lacks the numerous prominent furrows of the related rorquals, instead bearing two to five shallow furrows on the underside of the throat. The Gray Whale lacks a dorsal fin, instead bearing several dorsal 'knuckles'.

There are several ways to whale watching in Los Cabos. Boats of varying capacity and propulsion carry the thousands of Baja Whale Watches out to see these marine mammals as they visit our peninsula in their annual migration. One of my favorite ways to see and photograph the whales is from the stable decks of a sailing boat or catamaran.

Gray whales aren’t the only species to see while in Baja. Sea kayak adventures also offers kayaking/camping adventures out of Loreto on the Sea of Cortez, located on the eastern side of the Baja Peninsula. Tourists can watch finback and blue whales, along with dolphins, sea lions and exotic fish. Apart from paddling among islands, additional activities include snorkeling and hiking up scenic canyons offering breathtaking panoramas.

Whale watching is of particular importance to developing countries as coastal communities start to profit directly from the whales' presence, significantly adding to popular support for the full protection of these animals from any resumption of commercial whaling.

Another advantage to whale watching tours in Mexico is that travelers can also take part in many other great activities on the gorgeous Baja Peninsula. Deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, and beautiful beaches make the Baja Peninsula an excellent destination. Whale watching is just one of the many things to do off the coast of Los Cabos, but it is often one of the most memorable. Whales have been migrating from the north to the Sea of Cortez for thousands and thousands of years, and a Mexico whale watching tour is the perfect way to be a part of the ancient tradition.