03-06-2013: San Ignacio Lagoon and Petting the Gray Whale Calves

Dorris pets a friendly gray whale calve in San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja. Photo: Captain Jesus Pachico 03-05-2013.

Dorris pets a friendly gray whale calve in San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja. Photo: Captain Jesus Mayoral 03-05-2013.

All I can say is that I’m in awe about what we experienced yesterday. Truly remarkable. Most of us that have experienced gray whales here in the Monterey Bay pretty much see the same thing each time. Maybe a spout or two, they surface and you see their backs, and if you’re lucky you see a tail fluke.

Gray whales in Baja act like entirely different animals. But in actuality, they are the same exact animals that pass by the Monterey Bay every year. And it’s entirely possible that we will see the same exact whales at some point in Monterey Bay that we saw down here in the San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja.

We had multiple friendly whales come up to us today. The mothers will actually bring their calves right up to the boat, they’ll both spy-hop, rest their heads on the boat and want human interaction. They actually want you to touch them. It’s a very moving experience to see these gental giants slowly and gracefully move along the entire side of the boat while excited passengers pet them. Just remarkable. If you like watching whales, this is a must do experience.  I have a whole new view of gray whales. We have another trip this morning.

We are in a remote area, so my phone and internet connections are spotty. But I’ll be uploading photo’s and video tonight when we get back to Loreto.


About Michael Sack

Boat Captain, Monterey Bay marine life naturalist and guide. Photographer and Videographer.
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