Pelagic Friends! Yesterday the marine conditions started out great. Another excellent day of marine wildlife in Los Cabos. Just awesome! We sailed to the Pacific side and started the day with the unexpected! After an half hour sailing, a passenger spotted a pod of around 10 dolphins that came over and swam with us staying in the bow for a while. We love the dolphins! They seem to be very interested in us!
After 45min into the trip we saw a group of 4 adult humpbacks and 2 of them where breaching.
During the day we sighted some Olive Ridley sea turtles resting in the surface. We are seeing so many sea turtles lately!
Baja California peninsula is home to five species of sea turtles; Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Leatherback, Green Turtle and Olive Ridley – all of which are endangered. Thankfully we have ASUPMATOMA (The Association for the Protection of the Environment and the Marine Turtle in Southern Baja) and other local organizations in the area that have formed to help & protect the sea turtles.
During this safari we had a beautiful encounter with a Sea Lion underwater that was playing with us for a while!
The unexpected moment was when we sighted a gray whale close to shore, and was quite stealthy! We had a hard time keeping track of it. It seemed to be a younger animal. Definitely not a full-sized gray. Gray whales are just amazing! There aren’t many animals in this world that make a twelve thousand mile round-trip migration just to breed and give birth to their young. And they don’t eat much, if anything, for their whole trip. Truly remarkable.
Every winter, most gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) of the eastern North Pacific stock migrate from feeding areas in the Arctic to warm, shallow lagoons in Mexico, covering a distance of 15000–20000 km roundtrip. It is hypothesized that this migration to warmer climates is undertaken to reduce the whales’ thermoregulatory energy requirement during winter when food resources are low.
Juvenile whales generally need to be shown with their mothers around Baja peninsula before their journey to Alaska on their first migration. However the juvenile gray whale seen yesterday along the Los Cabos coast seemed to have become separated from its mother before its training was complete.
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Pelagic Safari Team