BAJA 2014/15

Jan. 31, 2015

The grey whales are now giving birth to their young in the lagoon at San Ignacio. A friend at NOLS had worked at the company, Kuyima that gave tours to see the whales. In order to observe the whales up close on the water, one needs to hire a guide. We drove to San Ignacio yesterday and made a reservation for today with Kuyima.  We met a man camped next to us that spends his vacation here, going out almost every day to see the whales. When he learned that we were going out, he decided to come with us. The morning was overcast, but fortunately the seas were calm. Numerous whales were spouting. Our guide would slowly approach a whale and giving the whale some space, we would sit quietly in the water. Some of the whales would approach us with their newborn. In fact one whale got so close that when it breathed we were covered with moisture. It was a magical day as we observed these creatures of the deep and marveled that many of these whales migrate back and forth from Alaska. It was also interesting to observe the young swimming so close to their mothers and imitating their actions. During our time on the water we observed a flock of cormorants that were flying almost in a single line that seemed to stretch for miles. The afternoon was spent doing a beach walk and birdwatching.

 spy hoppin

spy hoppin

 Mother and baby swim by the boat

Mother and baby swim by the boat

 Getting a shower when the whale breathed

Getting a shower when the whale breathed

 Tri colored heron

Tri colored heron

 White Ibis

White Ibis