Face To Face with Baja’s Grey Whales

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I have already told you a story about one of Baja’s most amazing natural phenomenons – the whale migrations to our warm lagoons.  This time, I am very excited to share with you a story about my personal encounter with these amazing mammals.

 Whales can be spotted in Cabo San Lucas and at Capella Pedregal resort as well, but one of the best areas to experience them is at Magdalena Bay, where they come to give birth, mate and play.  Recommended starting point for a whale-watching trip (and to spend the night) is Puerto San Carlos, a small fishing village with around 3,000 residents and a beautiful coastline on Magdalena Bay.  The village is 5 ½ hours from Cabo San Lucas, but it is well worth the visit.

I decided to make the trek and signed up for a guided tour.  Captain Luis, who led the adventure, explained that whales are very curious creatures.  I was anxious to discover this myself as we pulled away from the dock.  Suddenly a shadow in the ocean could be seen approaching the boat.  Everyone put their hand in the water and coaxed the whale towards us.  And there she was, a beautiful giant whale!  She came right up to the boat and we were able to touch her!  But the experience didn’t end there.  Next we encountered a mother and her calf.  The mother proudly showed off her baby, lifting his head so that we could see him.  I couldn’t believe the show I was getting!

It is difficult to fully express my whale experience, Puerto San Carlos and Magdalena Bay, but I would like to invite you to experience it in person.  It is truly an event of a lifetime.  Save the date between January and March next year, come visit Capella Pedregal and the whales.

Cara A Cara Con Las Ballenas Grises De La Baja

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Les he contado ya una historia sobre uno de los fenómenos naturales más asombrosos de la Baja – la migración de ballenas a nuestras cálidas lagunas. En esta ocasión, estoy emocionada por compartirles la historia de mi encuentro personal con estos sorprendentes mamíferos.

Las ballenas pueden verse en Cabo San Lucas y en Capella Pedregal también, pero una de las mejores áreas para experimentar esto es en Bahía Magdalena, donde llegan a aparearse, dar a luz y jugar. Puerto San Carlos es un punto recomendable para iniciar un viaje de avistamiento de ballenas (así como para pasar la noche) , un pequeño pueblo de pescadores con cerca de tres mil residentes y una hermosa costa en la Bahía Magdalena. Este pueblo está a cinco y media horas al norte por carretera de Cabo San Lucas, pero bien vale la pena visitarlo.

Me decidí a realizar la travesía y me apunté a un tour guiado. Nuestro capitán, Luis, que guió la aventura nos explicó que las ballenas son criaturas muy curiosas. Estaba ansiosa por comprobarlo yo misma mientras nos alejábamos del pequeño muelle. De pronto una sombra en el océano se veía aproximarse al bote. Pusimos nuestras manos en el agua y tratamos de llamar a la ballena hacia nosotros. Y emergió ¡una gigante y hermosa ballena! ¡Se acerco al bote y fuimos incluso capaces de tocarla! Pero la experiencia no termino ahí. Después encontramos una madre y su ballenato. La madre orgullosa nos mostraba a su bebé, levantándolo con su cabeza sobre el agua para que lo pudiéramos observar. ¡Yo no podía creer el espectáculo que estaba presenciando!

Es difícil expresar correctamente en palabras mi experiencia con las ballenas, Puerto san Carlos y Bahía Magdalena, pero si quiero invitarlos a que lo vivan en persona. Es verdaderamente un evento único en la vida. Aparten fecha entre Enero y Marzo del próximo año, vengan a visitar Capella Pedregal y a las ballenas.

Magnificent Whales of Baja

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Every winter in Baja California Sur we are a witness to an amazing natural phenomenon, that we all look forward to with great enthusiasm and expectations – the arrival of the whales.  Every year virtually the entire population of Grey Whales makes a 5,000 miles migration from the cold waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea to the warm water lagoons of the Baja Peninsula.  Grey Whales, often accompanied by Blue, Fin and Humpback Whales, come to Baja waters, where from mid-December to mid-March they feed, give birth, nurse their offspring and play.

Grey and Humpback whales enjoy showing off for crowds by spouting and breaching, leaping almost completely out of the water.  It is such a pleasure watching how the moms teach their babies to jump and play!  Last winter a whale came very close to Capella Pedregal beach, and together with the guests, I was amazed to see her breach and play in front of us.

Even from the shore guests can watch the whales breach and leap, but the best experience is definitely taking a whale watching tour (be sure the tour operator is certified for whale-watching!).  While you can take a whale watching tour in Cabo San Lucas, I recommend a whale-watching trip at Magdalena Bay or Puerto San Carlos, where Gray whales find the optimum conditions for their nurseries (if you stay at Capella Pedregal have your Personal Assistant plan it). These lagoons are government protected marine parks, and access for whale watching is only allowed on permit basis.

Of all the natural experiences in the world, I am certain you’ll never forget a close encounter with a gentle, 30-ton whale!  Who knows, you may get lucky and even have a chance to pet a whale!