Monday, February 18, 2013

Guide Report: Feb.13-17

Guide ReportSan Ignacio Lagoon, Baja Ca.  Sur, Mexico

Feb. 13th-17th, 2013
Highs in the upper 60s
Lows in the lower 40s

  This group had a great experience with playing and kissing the friendly whales!! On numerous occasions we were surrounded by two pairs of moms and babies with an adult male close by. We meet a playful baby whale that was named "La Cucaratcha" by the pangaros. They were singing the song as the baby approached the ponga for the first initial contact. We saw lots of spy-hopping and breaches far and nearby!! WOW, what a great trip for whale watching! Cuco, the boat driver points as a mother Gray Whale spy-hops next to the boat.

   We also had the pleasure of seeing a whale that I had named last season, "Barni," short for barnacle who returned to the Laguna about a year after we had first met. Barni, only has barnacles on is left side of his face, due to feeding along the ocean floor. That is where most barnacles will attach themselves to join in a symbiotic relationship with the Gray Whales. Often you will see the whales breaching, perhaps to help knock off the barnacles from their backs and heads.

   The whale watching just keeps getting better and better as the season progresses. I can't wait to see what's next!! We have about 332 Gray Whales in the Laguna thus far and we can only hope that the population may grow to the upper 400's to lower 500's!....fingers are crossed.
All the best,
Christopher Match
Whale Watching & Sea Kayaking Guide
Baja Ecotours

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