Saturday, March 23, 2013

Gray Whale Census: March 22, 2013 - San Ignacio Lagoon

Gray Whale Census Report
San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja, California Sur, Mexico

Date: March 22, 2013
Place:  Campo Cortez at San Ignacio Lagoon, BCS, Mexico

Official Grey Whale Census for San Ignacio Lagoon

Gray Whale Calves:  95
Gray Whale Adults:  102

Total Gray Whales:  197

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Gray Whale Census: March 16, 2013

Gray Whale Census

Date: March 16, 2013
Location: San Ignacio Lagoon, Campo Cortez
Official Gray Whale Census for San Ignacio Lagoon

Gray Whale Calves:  97
Gray Whale Adults:  143

Total Gray Whales:  240

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Friendly Gray Whales at San Ignacio Lagoon

Guide Report

Grey Whales at San Ignacio Lagoon

Campo Cortez at San Ignacio lagoon, Baja Ca. Sur. Mexico

March 09 thru 13, 2013

By: Pamela Sanchez

It is so nice when we have little groups… you are able to connect with everyone on a personal level and give them the most incredible service. We try to be as awesome with all but small groups are always more manageable. Enthusiasm does not start to describe the energy this people brought with them; they were full of passion and love for the whales to such an extent that it did seem like it was the first time for us as well.
We had dancing lessons and music from this Mexican region as requested by Ellen and even the staff from the kitchen came out to dance. Margaritas and joy at happy hour came as a must together with the rhythm and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Our usual visit to the bone yard was fun… Mojito the beautiful dog from California came with the group, Chris and me for a delightful walk and a little bit of history about the bones and the animals. We have more than 4 marine turtles, a baby and adult grey whale, bottle nose dolphin and common dolphin, a jaw of a coyote and even bones from various birds. It is an interesting extra activity for the afternoon!
Life is incredible and we have to live it like there is no tomorrow… Thank you Ellen and Nancy for remain us all the value of feeling the moment!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Grey Whale Census: Mar11-2013-San Ignacio Lagoon

Grey Whale Census

Date: March 11, 2013
Location:  San Ignacio Lagoon
Official Grey Whale Census for San Ignacio Lagoon

Gray Whale Calves:  89
Gray Whale Adults:  146

Total Gray Whales:  235

Monday, March 11, 2013

Guide Report-Gray Whales-San Ignacio Lagoon

Guide Report
Gray Whales at San Ignacio Lagoon

Campo Cortez at San Ignacio lagoon, Baja Ca. Sur. Mexico

March 5th thru 9th , 2013
Highs in the lower 70s
Lows in the 40s
Winds 12-25mph
    We had an excellent time with this group!! They met friendly whales right off the bat. We would sing or do some chanting: Aqui Balleena, Balleena, Balleena! 

We took the opportunity of the morning high tide to head into the mangroves for a closer look at the wildlife that presents itself. We saw some yellow crowned and black crowned night herons, white ibis, and a few tricolored herons all fishing for breakfast! We had some nice calm weather in the mornings to watch the gray whales feed on a light snack of amphipods. We also had one session of observing the courtship and mating behaviors! What a great trip and a experience that will last a life time.

All the best,
Christopher Match
Whale Watching & Sea Kayaking Guide
Baja Ecotours

Grey Whale Guide Report: March 5-9

Guide Report

Grey Whales at San Ignacio LagoonCampo Cortez at San Ignacio lagoon, Baja Ca. Sur. MexicoMarch 5th thru 9th , 2013

By: Pamela Sanchez

Some people have luck with the whale trips and the sightings, but this is the group with more encounters from all the ones we had so far! Just one time (the last trip) they didn´t touch a whale! The other five opportunities, they touched mothers and babies and even single females on heat that were displaying courtship behaviour by rolling on their backs, showing their tails and pectoral fins and becoming very friendly! We had two at one occasion at one point were we had two females approaching to the boat and playing with each other and us for more than 45 minutes! I must say that was incredible!

We had a “crazy” whale (the name remained after various attacks!) following different boats and slapping tails next to us! We think is a male not in the best mood for whatever reason… or perhaps he confused us with a female whale and was flirting with us!!!! You can imagine the stories we came up with while and after the events with the whale!
We managed to see coyotes around the camp! After a few attempts to find them in the evening and night, we saw them! As well, our beautiful couple of ospreys that live in the artificial platform where their nest lays, still on the baby business! The second time she tried to incubate seems to be the good one! She is being so dedicated for the last 12 days now, leaving the place just for a few minutes to feel her muscles again (I guess…). He has been bringing food and collaborating with its part like a good father will do.
Our list of species observed keeps on growing, and we hope that for the end of the season will be full! We have right now 46 species between birds, mammals and reptiles. We encourage everyone to increase it!!! Come and see!  

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Guide Report-Gray Whales-San Ignacio Lagoon

Guide Report
San Ignacio lagoon, Baja Ca. Sur. Mexico
Campo Cortez at Laguna San Ignacio

Report: March 01 thru 05, 2013

By: Pamela Sanchez

Awesome sunshine and heat! This group had the most amazing luck with the weather… from the winter; it seems that we had moved to summer without a doubt! We have enjoyed the beautiful grey whales on t-shirts and believe me that is the first for me! The lagoon gave us a break from the bad wind and surprised us with a calm and still water that was epic! And as you can imagine, with good weather, we have found more active babies, playing nicely in the surface, jumping and trying to breach, while mama stays close to help him with anything. It is beautiful to see how this behaviour encourages the mothers to become playful and roll, jump and play with both, their babies and us! How lucky are we?

I am sure some of you will be happy to know that on the 2nd of this month, some captain saw CUCARACHAAAAAAA! Apparently he was with his mother at the end of the lagoon, close to the moth where it meets with the sea. Maybe that is the reason why we have not been able to see him for all these days! It is nice to know we can keep hoping to meet him once more before he goes away! Miss you so much little character!

The lagoon is nearly free of erotic behaviour… The adults that came to mate here, are already going away and we have reach the point where the change from activity is already taking place. Now it is time for the mothers and babies to colonise all the space! And from now on, that is exactly what it is going to happened! The possibility of encountering a “friendly whale” increases just because they are the only ones left here! I should tell you that sometimes, males arras females with babies even when they are not sexually receptive and that in our whale watcher point of view is not good news! It makes the mothers and their babies to run away and stress them unnecessarily. From now on it will be just you little ones, your mothers and US! Let’s enjoy!

Guide Report-Gray Whales-San Ignacio Lagoon

Guide Report
Gray Whales at San Ignacio Lagoon

Campo Cortez at San Ignacio lagoon, Baja Ca. Sur. Mexico

March 1st-5th, 2013Highs in the lower 70'sLows in the 40sWinds 8-32mph

We had lots of friendlies coming and going throughout the trip!! Numerous times the friendly calf came up in a spy hopping position just to get a kiss :) We had the pleasure of viewing many cows and calves swimming close by and diving right under the boat. Then the whales would come right up within arms reach for us to give them a vigorous scratching. We would scratch along the lips and the calf would open it's mouth with a big smile to show us the baleen!! 

We were able to get some of the videos right into the calves mouth, while we observed the baleen with the tongue exposed. What a crazy experience! Not many guest have the opportunity to see into the gray whale's mouth, especially with a great, happy smile. We are always looking forward to see what the next whale watching session will bring! It seems as though the mating has been decreasing and the play times are starting to increase as March progresses. 

Christopher Match
Whale Watching & Sea Kayaking Guide
Baja Ecotours

Monday, March 4, 2013

Census March 03, 2013-San Ignacio Lagoon

Grey Whale Census
Laguna San Ignacio

March 03, 2013
Official Census from the Vizcaino Reserve Biosphere for San Ignacio Lagoon

*Remarks: As we expected when we saw the original data of whales traveling down the coast AND our early whale counts, we knew this was going to be a RECORD year for Gray Whales making it into the birthing lagoons. Whales are extremely healthy looking this season and there have been a large number of healthy calves.

Adult Gray Whales:  258
Gray Whale Calves:   90

Total Gray Whales:  348

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Gray Whale Adventure-Video

Gray Whale Video

By Geoffrey Furber
Visited our camp on the 5 day air trip

Video Located at Vimeo:

The Grey Whale Adventure from Geoffrey Furber on Vimeo.

Guide Report Feb. 25-Mar01, 2013

Guide Report

San Ignacio lagoon, Baja Ca. Sur. Mexico

Guide Report from Campo Cortez at San Ignacio Lagoon
Gray Whales: 2013 Season

Feb. 25-March 1st
Highs in the upper 60s
Lows in the upper 30s
Winds 12-39mph

We had a great first morning of whale watching. We were able to observe the whales feeding throughout the morning with bottle nose dolphin passing by the boat on numerous occasions. The afternoon whale watching was with a few curious cows and calfs circling around the boat while the rest of the laguna seemed to be splashing about in courtship with one another. We had the honor of Maldo as our boat driver!

We observed lots of spy hopping whales and had the privilege to play with a few passing by solo adults. Where one adult female would swim on her side, pretty much during the whole encounter. Where she would play hide and seek with us for about a half hour on and off between letting us pet her. Next, we found an extremely playful calf who is about 2 months old with the mother swimming playful by. 

I was able to scratch along the lips and the calf opened his mouth to expose the balleen. :) What a great group and such an amazing whale watching experience!

All the best,
Christopher Match
Whale Watching & Sea Kayaking Guide
Baja Ecotours