Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Great Return

4th February 2017
by Lorna Hill

The Great Return

Like the gray whales have made their migration back to San Ignacio Lagoon, we too have returned again for another season to work as guides at Campo Cortez. This year brings more of a sense of familiarity; we really got to know life at the Lagoon last year – the environment, the weather, the tides, the flora and fauna, the local families and, of course, the whales. However, with the familiarity also comes excitement… We look forward to revisiting the old jaunts but even more look forward to the unexpected surprises- and that happens a lot here at Campo Cortez!

Unlike last year with the high winds, we started the first group off with some cool foggy mornings… However this didn’t stop us from getting out there. After breakfast, the fogged rolled away and revealed the most beautiful sunshine and light. It was a fun first trip out to see the whales. By the end of the first week, everyone had seen breaches, spy-hops, babies rolling by the side of the boat, plenty of birds AND… A mama whale brought her baby up to the boat to say hello and everyone got to have a cuddle. What an unexpected delight it was!

A unique experience brought some extra excitement to us yesterday - I found a Praying Mantis on Rodrigo's ear while he was brushing his teeth! My first one I have ever seen and I'm sure the first time Rodrigo has ever had one on his ear. What a beauty.... It turned and looked up at my with it's huge eyes and continued to make it's way up Rodrigo's face. She (or he) seemed to like it there. 

As the first group makes their departure today, a few more come in. I have a feeling it’s going to be a good season!

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