Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon
By: Hayley Carmody
This week at Campo Cortez we had another group of amazing and inspiring people. Everyone was able to appreciate the whales in their wild environment as the whales came up to the boats to be touched. We have seen this behavior many times during the season, but it always amazing when a mother brings a new born whale to a boat of screaming yelling people. We have no idea why the whales like to be around people; maybe the splashing entices them or possibly they come to this lagoon for the people watching. We may never know the reason, but that is part of the magic.
On the last day with this group of people we heard from the ranches that the North winds were coming. We rushed out to the observation area before the wind picked up and met one friendly whale. Possibly the whale could sense that the winds were picking up and the boats would leave because the baby went to visit most of the boats in the lagoon. After about 20 minutes in the observation area the sheriff official closed the lagoon when the wind picked up. We went back to the camp where we engaged in other activities. We watched a movie about different migrating animals, went on a nature walk to mangroves and explored during low tide.