WHALE OBSERVATION

WHALE OBSERVATION

Few activities in life have the same impact as seeing these huge mammals in calm waters, waving in the distance with their monumental tails or approaching the boats to the surprise and delight of the observers. The serene waters of the Sea of ​​Cortez and the protected lagoons on the Pacific side of the peninsula, each year harbor an impressive number of cetaceans. Many of the species that we can observe make a long migration from icy waters in Alaska, to Mexican littorals to complete their breeding cycles, and feed before embarking on the long journey back.

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


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
- Exit to the 8: 00am
- Approximate duration of 7 hours
- Price per person
- 4 people minimum

INCLUDED:
- Informative Speech
- Land 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 us not only an abundant variety of flora and permanent fauna, but also makes temporary home for several types of cetaceans and marine mammals, including the largest creature in the world. planet: The blue whale (Rorcual Azul). We can also frequently find in that season other whales like: the fin, sperm whales, humpback, minke, pilot and the feared killer whales.

Facts:

-Measure: From 24 to 30 meters long. The populations of Southern hemisphere are generally greater than those of North and the females are older than the males

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

-Comen: Krill and Copepods filtering system: in attack. An adult can ingest up to 40 million krill in a day. The calves drink about three hundred and eighty liters of milk per day and increase about ninety 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

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

-Liven: 80 years or more.

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

INCLUDED:
- Informative Speech
- Land transportation and transportation by boat
- Bilingual naturalist guide
- Drinks, fruit, snacks
- Seafood food in local restaurant with drinks included

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