Días de mucha acción con las ballenas, algunos días con viento también, pero nada impidió disfrutar de las ballenas. Hubo quienes besaron infinidad de veces y parecía que a las ballenas les gustaba y venían por más. También pudimos tocar la lengua y las barbas más de una vez. Estas últimas semanas son las mejores con ballenas amistosas ya que los machos no están y las mamas se la pasan jugando con sus bebes preparándose para su regreso al norte. También disfrutamos de unas ricas tortillas hechas a mano y hubo quien se atrevió a hacer sus propias tortillas, nada mal por ser su primera tortilla. Disfrutamos de una caminata en la bajamar cuando las mareas se prestaron para saludar a los pulpos. Ballenas todavía hay y muy amistosas, hubo un cliente que disfruto la lancha y las ballenas prácticamente para el solo.
22-28 of March
Days for much of the action with the whales, some days with wind also, but nothing prevented us from enjoy the whales. There were those who they kissed each other countless times and it seemed the whales they liked and coming for more. We could also touch the tongue, and the baleen more than once. These last few weeks are the best with friendly whales already that the males are gone and the mothers spend time playing with their babies in preparation for his return to the north. We also enjoyed some delicious hand-made tortillas and there were those who dared to make their own tortillas, which is not bad for being its first tortilla. We enjoyed a walk at low tide when the tide is provided to greet the octopus. There are whales still and very friendly, there was a guest who enjoyed the boat and the whales for virtually all to himself.
Guide Report: Mar. 4-8, 2012By Maria Aguilar Murillo
Semana del 04-08
Como cada semana, hubo días
calmos y días con viento, los clientes pudieron disfrutar de las ballenas. El último
día tuvimos un norte que rebasó las 40mph en las rachas más fuertes. Este
viento es normal en esta época del año y por lo general es solo por un día. En
esta ocasión tuvimos una lancha que se lleno de agua y se hundió. La razón es
que el motor es pesado y por quedar muy cerca de la orilla el agua le entro
poco a poco por la popa hasta hundirla. Fue toda una aventura el rescate, de lo cual los clientes que
todavía estaban el campo fueron participes.
Week of 04-08 As every week, there was calm days and windy days, guests were able to enjoy the whales. The last day we had a North that exceeded 40 mph with stronger gusts. This wind is normal at this time of the year and is usually only for a day. On this occasion we had a boat that I filled with water and sank while on the anchor at the camp. The reason is that the motor is heavy and the boat is anchored with the stern to the wind and waves so the wind blew the waves over time to the back of the boat. It was quite an adventure the rescue, whereupon customers who were still the field were to participate to help us bail out the water from the boat and push it to the beach where Maldo then took the motor completely to pieces and rebuilt the motor in a matter of hours so it was ready for the next day.
Disfrutamos de muchas ballenas, pudimos pasar a ver como los pescadores sacaban unas hachas y los más valientes se atrevieron a probarlos crudos. También hubo quienes practicaron haciéndose unas tortillas a mano, actividad muy divertida tanto para los turistas como para las cocineras. A la hora del bajamar nos fuimos para buscar unos pulpos, encontramos varios y los turistas metían la mano en las cuevas para tocarlos. Muy Buena semana!
Week of Feb.28-04 March
We enjoyed many whales, we then movee to see how the fishermen pulled a few scallops and the bravest dared to try them raw. There were also those who practiced doing a few tortillas by hand, very fun activity for both guests and the cooks. When the low tide happened we went to look for some Octopus and found several. Guests got to put their hands in the holes to play them. Very good week!
This group had an excellent start off as well. They had three beautiful days playing with friendly moms and calves. Some guest had the opportunity to touch the baleen and even see the tongue of a baby! When a whale is friendly and next to the boat we encourage the viewers to reach out their hands for a scratch on the mouth. This strategy often ends with the friendly mouth opening up with a huge smile. Then you can reach in and touch the baleen while dragging your hand gently across the jawline. Sometimes a hitchhiker (sea lice) will attach itself to your finger. If that's the case, it does NOT hurt but we'd like to keep the lice as a sample to bring back to our camp for a closer observation under the lighted microscope.
We had five researchers from NOAA join us at the camp. They wanted to place satellite tags on twenty of the gray whales before the whales start the journey up north back to Alaska. The researchers were able to accomplish this in two full days of work. The tags will hopefully stay on for a full migration but often will fall off in a matter of a month. You can follow the tracking at this website
Where do I start..........? This group had the best first day of whale watching that I have ever seen. We had a beautiful morning cruise in the ponga to the observation area and found some splashing about off on the horizon. It was three whales involved in a mating ritual. We observed a couple of other males and another female moved in on the action as well. Spring has been sprung! We moved on to find an extremely happy mother and calve nearby. We played for the rest of the whale watching segment with them as the whales would gently glide from one side of the boat to another. They gave everyone an equal amount of time to pet and scratch as they would spyhop next to the boat and submerge back down. When the time was up for our segment of fun with the whales we returned back to the camp. As all the guest filled into the dinning hall, there was an eruption of excitement as they told each other there experience with the mighty "devilfish."
Guide Report Mar. 8 thru 9, 2012 by Maria Aguilar Murillo
Semana de 08-09 de marzo
Después de un día de mucho viento vino la
calma, tuvimos un grupo pequeño, pero igual disfrutaron de todas las
actividades que pudimos brindar. El primer día llegando al área de observación
ballenas, en vez de ballenas nos encontramos con varios delfines que querían
jugar con la embarcación. Después de un rato los clientes tuvieron la oportunidad
también de disfrutar de un bebe ballena que quiso jugar con nosotros y no solo
el primer día. Hubo la oportunidad de caminar en la bajamar, ver los pulpos. Y
una caminata al “museo” para ver algunos huesos de ballenas, delfines, aves,
tortugas y demás que podemos encontrar ahí a la orilla del mar. Y por supuesto
disfrutaron de unas ricas tortillas de harina recién hechas y por sus propias
Week of March 08-09 After a windy day came the calm, we had a small group, but equally enjoyed all the activities that we offer. The first day arriving at the area of watching whales, instead of whales we have several dolphins who wanted to play with the boat. After a while guests had the opportunity to also enjoy a baby whale that wanted to play with us and not just the first day. There was the opportunity to walk at low tide, see octopuses. And a walk to the "Museum" to see some bones of whales, dolphins, birds, turtles and others that can be found there at the edge of the sea. And of course they enjoyed a few rich freshly made flour tortillas and by their own hands.
This group had some extreme whale watching days where winds reached at times around 26 mph while we were in the observation area. We all still had a great time playing with the whales. I had the chance to introduce this group to a male whale with the name of "Barni" short for barnacle. Barni had only acorn barnacles on his left side of his face. We joked that he must have been and left side eater. In which, maybe he would only feed on the left and pick up the
hitchhikers along the way. Barni is always happy to play with us. He must be around the age from four to six. He still has time to always play with our boats, which most males do not. Sometimes pacing back and forth to make sure everyone has a chance to touch :) We first met barni a couple trips ago and has been a great friend to have around. Even when the swells were building and most whales were only spy-hopping. He still came over to play!!! We had a great time sharing a whale of a tale with each other. Enclosed is a picture of Barni with
no barnacles on his right side of his face and whale we had named "Bam-bam." Since this calf could not control itself in the strong winds and current it would collide with the side of the ponga from time to time. Another awesome group to have around :) We star gazed with the planets Jupiter, Venus and Mars sharing the sky with the crescent moon. The constellations out here are fantastic! They are at times crystal clear!
This was the first time that I've viewed whales mating in the observation area with still having a chance to play with a mother and calf!! Usually all the mothers and calves are far away working on swimming lessons and controlled movements of the flukes (tails). This group really lucked out!! We had plenty of friendlies to play with on this trip. We watched nursing take place while the bottlenose dolphin circled around trying to get a sweet taste of the mother's milk. We had fantastic weather with barely a breeze on the laguna at times (which never really happens this time of the year). With this, we really had to monitor our power usage since our dinning hall/living room and kitchen are all ran off of the wind turbines. However, all of our guest cabins remained at full charge with there personal battery and inverter attached with a solar panel. :) We had enough water to go kayaking around the outer rim of the mangroves, while observing the
amazing bird life and sting rays circling around.--A great trip and time had by all!
En la semana del 25 al 29, Los turistas tuvieron a oportunidad de tocar y besar las ballenas. tuvimos tambien la oportunidad de mostrarles como sacan el callo de hacha, nos acercamos a una de las embarcaciones de los pescadores, nos regalo unas hachasy los mas valientes se atrevieron a probarlos crudos y conocerlos vivos.
During the week of February 25 to 29, our guests had to opportunity to touch and kiss the whales. We also had the opportunity to show them how the local fishermen extract the “callo de hacha” (a type of scallop). There was a local fishing boat near the camp fishing the “callos” and they gave to us a “callo” and a few of our valiant guests tried them raw to know how they tasted.