We are excited to announce our latest whale watching trip report from the stretch of coast between Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos – the arrival of several baby Humpback Whales accompanied by their proud mothers! Every year this area of the Baja seems to attract the mothers and calves, acting almost like a nursery. The depths and many sheltered bays along this stretch of the Cabo San Lucas coast may be why the mothers choose to nurse their babies in safety.
The baby whales are typically 10 to 12 feet in length, the mother giving birth to just one calf. The baby nurses from the mother, just like most mammals, in this case for at least 7 months. On our tours you can really see the wide beam on the females, either carrying a calf or having put on a lot of weight to ensure 7 plus months of fat to turn into milk for their babies.
As for the rest of the whales, the Humpbacks have continued their awesome display of breaching and slapping, the males doing their best to attract the attention of the females in the hopes of mating. Their awesome display has been earning wonderful trip reviews from our Cabo whale watching guests lucky enough to encounter a playful Humpback.
The Gray whales have been moving further into the Sea of Cortez, often in groups of 3, 4 or 5 whales. We have continued to see wonderful interactions between dolphins and Gray Whales during the past few weeks. While there is data on cetacean interspecies interactions, very little data has been collected to suggest any formal role to the interaction, so for now we are going to happily report that the dolphins and whales just like each others company!
To wrap up the past few weeks we would like to thank all the wonderful people who have been our guests over the 2011/2012 Cabo San Lucas whale watching season so far. While we are not the largest company here in Los Cabos (and don’t want to be!), we have been working hard to ensure each and every trip is amazing, educational and personalized to each of our guests. We love introducing enthusiastic visitors to Cabo to the amazing marine life here, so Thank You from Janneke and Peter, your Whale Watch Cabo guides. 🙂