Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon
By: Hayley Carmody
San Ignacio lagoon has turned from a breeding lagoon to a nursing ground. Many of the single whales have left leaving the mothers and babies alone in the lagoon to work up their strength for the migration back up. The weather has been amazing as we head out in the boats and experience the whales. The number of friendly encounters has been increasing as the babies are older. Every person who goes out to see the gray whales is changed and enchanted by this magical place.
This group of people was organized through the Orca network and full of people who love all whales. For many this was their first time seeing gray whales in San Ignacio Lagoon. Others had experienced the gray whales in other parts of their migration, but they soon realized that the behavior of the gray whale in these lagoons is much different. It is always special to see a wild animal come up willingly to see people. This lagoon help people realize that the best way to experience an animal is in the wild. Parks that confine marine mammals in pools inhibit people from understanding the real essence of these creatures and harm the animal. When you see an animal in the wild free to do whatever it wants you connect with the animal on a much deeper level.