Sunday, February 9, 2014

San Ignacio Lagoon Guide Report

Guide Report
Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon
February 5-9, 2014

By: Hayley Carmody

On the first trip out to see the whales everyone is filled with excitement. They wonder how close the whales will get, if they will even see whales, and of course how many babies there are. Everyone on the boat become fast friends as they share the excitement of seeing the gray whales so close. Between the splashing, laughing and excitement the whales came up to the boats to see what is going on.

Splashing became the theme of Campo Cortez this week. The babies are getting bigger and the mothers have begun to approach the boats to say hello. Mothers and babies spend most of their time at San Ignacio training for the journey back up to Alaska, but even that does not stop them from coming up to see the boats once in a while. There were a few people who were able to touch the whales, and they spent the rest of the time rolling around under the boat.

The 7th of February we celebrated Maldo’s birthday (for those of you who do not know Maldo--he's the camp Jefe or Chief and makes everything happen-you will son know Maldo). There was plenty of cake for all and music to accompany the fiesta. The family was able to surprise Maldo by walking into the palapa singing and carrying a cake. After that he gave everyone a talk about the history of Campo Cortez and the way it has grown. He talked about how the camp has developed into one of the top environmental camps in Mexico.

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