WHERE CAN WE SEE GRAY WHALES IN BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR
There are 3 calving lagoon that are the best places to see Gray whales with their babies and each are different. Laguna Ojo de Liebre, where we operate out of, is the principle calving lagoon where there can be over 2,000 whales at the peak in mid February. It is a huge lagoon with 3 different areas of observation where different companies operate out of.
Laguna San Ignacio is a much smaller lagoon with about 300-400 whales at the peak at the end of February and whales arrive a bit later there.
Laguna Magdelena is the southernmost lagoon and has about 200 whales at the peak there and less mothers and calves.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SEE GRAY WHALES?
Each month has it’s unique behaviors and activities.
In January we see pregnant females often accompanied by what may be a midwife, whales in labor, birthing, newborn whales, nursing and lots of mating.
In February the calves are getting bigger and the mothers bring them to the pangas to meet us. There is still some mating going on, nursing and whale school where the mom teaches her calf swimming skills and survival tactics.
In March the calves are bigger so they explore & interact more with the pangas. The whales begin to leave the lagoon for their migration north in mid March. There are whales present until the end of March but not the ones we have relationships with.
HOW MANY WHALES WILL WE SEE
There are dozens of whales in sight every day no matter what the weather. The peak is in mid February-mid March.
HOW CLOSE WILL WE GET
The lagoon is famous for close encounters. Our method is to simply approach a group of whales and wait for them to come to us. They are curious and will approach if interested. Whales who don’t want to be around boats just swim away. They come right up to and under the panga. They turn to look you in the eye and many seem to enjoy being rubbed and scratched. They often play with the boat like a toy by pushing it around or gently lifting it up.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
It can be cool in the morning so dress in layers you can take off when it warms up. A hat or cap to keep the sun off & a waterproof jacket is advisable to protect you from whale spray! Light tennis shoes or water shoes are best in the boat to reduce noise on the bottom of the boat. A plastic bag to protect your camera or phone is handy.