February is always a very exciting month for whale watching here in Cabo San Lucas and all around the Baja. In February we typically see lots of adult Humpback and Gray Whales, as well as many baby Humpback Whales. This month was no different with Humpback Whales seen on 100% of our tours and Gray Whales seen on over 65% of our tours.
We would like to extend a special thank you to all of the wonderful guests who joined us in February to responsibly meet the wonderful whales here in Cabo. We love to share these experiences with you and really appreciate that you chose Whale Watch Cabo!
During the month of February we also saw many other species of marine wildlife on our tours including; Bottlenose Dolphins, Short Beaked Common Dolphins, Orcas, Long Beaked Common Dolphins, Spotted Dolphins, Manta Rays, Mobula Rays, Hammerhead sharks, Mako sharks, several species of Sea Turtles and of course our ever present colony of California Sea Lions.
During February we were very excited to be able to observe a lot of Humpback Whale activity around Los Cabos. While the number of Humpback Whales peaks during the month of January, there have been many Humpback Whales to encounter throughout February. Most tours were able to see active Humpback Whales with acrobatic displays and singing.
Gray Whales were largely absent from Cabo San Lucas last year. This year they seemed to have returned in larger numbers than in the past. These are all adult Gray Whales that spend their time in Cabo San Lucas socializing and relaxing. What was very surprising was to observe numerous occasions when Gray Whales were seen to be feeding along the Pacific Coast in the shallows. This is largely undocumented in studies of the Gray Whales, their feeding grounds being much further north in the Pacific.
Baby Humpback Whales have started to become very active as well. Active baby Humpback Whales often can be seen breaching, tail slapping and pec slapping. This is thrilling to observe and know that the baby Humpback Whales here in Cabo San Lucas are growing stronger every day. These baby Humpbacks nurse from the mother, consuming her rich fatty milk, and growing 70+ pounds per day! They also grow approximately 1 inch per day, meaning that the 12 foot long baby whale that leaves Los Cabos 2 months later is already 4 feet longer than when it was born!
So what do we expect for March? Lots of Humpback and Gray Whales. Often there should be large pods of Common Dolphins and on very special occasions we may see Blue Whales migrating from Loreto in the Sea of Cortez south to Costa Rica or north to the coast of California to feed.
We hope to see you here in Cabo San Lucas for more amazing adventures with Whales!