WHALE OBSERVATION

WHALE OBSERVATION

Few activities in life have the same impact as seeing these huge mammals in calm waters, greeting in the distance with their monumental queues or approaching the boats to surprise and delight the observers. The serene waters of the Sea of ​​Cortez and the protected lagoons on the Pacific side of the peninsula are home to an impressive amount of cetaceans every year. Many of the species that we can observe carry out a long migration from frozen waters in Alaska, to Mexican littoral to complete their breeding cycles, and to feed before starting the long journey back.

Loreto is fortunate to be located in a place that geographically allows you to have access to both the Sea of ​​Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. Desert & Sea offers at the same time of year from the end of January to the beginning of April the activity of watching whales in their natural habitat.


1) GRAY WHALES IN PEACEFUL SANCTUARIES

The gray whale migrates from Alaska Every year to mate and have their offspring in Mexican waters Warm and shallow. The east coast of the peninsula of Baja California is formed by sandbanks that thanks to the action of the tides and the natural barrier function of the mangrove systems, offers unique ecosystem characteristics. The gray whale being a notoriously smaller species than others in the cetacean kingdom, it needs "Protected" circumstancesTo bring their young to the world. This is not only due to the possible attack of killer whales and sharks, but also by the fact that whales at birth must be trained in how to hold their breath and swim at different depths. It is believed that the high concentrations in salt and the shallow depth in these lagoons favors the breeding of these cetaceans.

Facts:

-Miden: From 12 to 15 meters long.

-Pesan: In a range of 15 up to 40 tons depending on age and sex. Females are naturally larger than males.

-Child: The offspring feed on high-fat milk and are weaned at 8 months. Adults eat Krill collecting from seabed mud and filter through their beards (they do not have teeth).

-Reproduction: Reach sexual maturity to the 8 or 9 years. The gestation is from 12 to 13 months. They give birth once every 2 years.

* Only give birth to a calf although it has been reported in dead specimens the existence of two breeding embryos, however only 1 of the two could have been born.

* Gray whales are born with the caudal fin first.

-Viven: Between 55 and 70 years.

The natural setting of Puerto López Mateos, Place where we go to do the activity, it also offers us the opportunity to find Bottlenose dolphins y shorebirds Such as cormorants, brown pelican, white pelican, ospreys of two types, oysters, red sandals, pando beaks, herons and different egrets, frigates, plovers ... and much more.

DETAILS OF THE EXCURSION:
- Available from January to March
- Output to 8: 00am
- Approximate duration of 7 hours
- Price per person
- 4 people minimum

INCLUDED:
- Informational Discourse
- Ground transportation and transportation by boat
- Bilingual naturalist guide
- Drinks, fruit, snacks
- Seafood food in local restaurant with drinks included


2) BLUE WHALES AND MARINE MAMMALS IN THE SEA OF CORTES

The waters of the Bermejo Sea, as it is also known the Sea of ​​Cortez, are abundant in crustaceans and small microorganisms, which feed the largest animals in the world.

Being well called by Jaque Costeau - The Aquarium of the World - this marine paradise offers not only an abundant variety of permanent flora and fauna, but also makes temporary home for various types of cetaceans and marine mammals, including the largest creature in the world. Planet: The blue whale (Rorcual Azul). Also we can find frequently in that season other whales like: the one of fin, sperm whales, humpbacks, minke, pilot and the feared orcas.

Facts:

-Miden: From 24 to 30 meters long. The populations of theSouthern hemisphereAre generally greater than those ofNorthAnd females are larger than males

-Pesan: In a range of 100 to 125 tons depending on age and sex. It is said that the largest found inGeorgias del Sur In 1947, and weighed 173 tons.

-COM: Krill andCopepods Filtration system: in thrust. An adult can ingest up to 40 millionkrillin a day. The calves drink about three hundred and eighty liters of milk a day and increase about 90 kilograms of weight also every day.

-Reproduction: Reach sexual maturity at 5 years. The gestation is from 12 to 13 months. Give birth once every 2 or 3 years

* Because of their enormous size, strength and speed, adults have virtually no natural predators. The only known animal is the killer whale. There are reports of attacks, as well as a study showing that in the Sea of ​​Cortez no less than 25% of adult specimens have scars resulting from orcas attack.

* In Loreto there is an organized group of service providers called GBAL. Every year in the month of March the Blue Whale Festival is celebrated.

-Viven: 80 years or more.

DETAILS OF THE EXCURSION:
- Available from January to March
- Output to 8: 00am
- Approximate duration of 7 hours
- Price per person
- 4 people minimum

INCLUDED:
- Informational Discourse
- Ground transportation and transportation by boat
- Bilingual naturalist guide
- Drinks, fruit, snacks
- Seafood food in local restaurant with drinks included

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