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Cabo San Lucas Villas - Whale Watching

Whale Watching in Cabo

Every year, from January through March, the presence of whales, clearly seen from the shores all around Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas add excitement to the scenery. Yearly, the blue whale, the grey whale and the hump-back whale undertake the longest known migration of any mammal. They swim from their summer feeding grounds in the rich waters of the Bering Sea in the Artic to their winter breeding grounds in Baja California, Mexico. Whales come to warmer waters to give birth, then travel to cold waters for feeding. In a gray whale's lifetime of 40 years or more, this repeat journey is equivalent to a return trip to the moon!

The Journey

At least 20,000 grey whales migrate to the Baja Sur beginning in December. Amazingly, the whales begin their journey south from the Artic Circle. Hugging the North American coastline, these mammals swim from their winter breeding grounds in Baja California/Mexico to their summer feeding grounds in the rich waters of the Bering Sea in the Artic and back again. Amazingly, this annual journey totals a distance of 7,452 to 12,420 miles! In recent years, researchers have begun tracking the migration of humpback whales from the Antartic waters to the equator off Columbia and Costa Rica. They spotted one female off the Antartic peninsula and then resighted her five months later off Columbia's coast. This would be a journey of over 5,000 miles!

Identifying Whales Around Cabo

The tell-tail spray of water shooting through a whale's blowhole can clearly be spotted from the shores all around Cabo San Lucas anytime from January through the end of March. The bet way to whale watch is to constantly scan the ocean for signs of blowhole sprays. When the whales are on the surface it is quite easy to observe them breaching, rolling and socializing with two or threee other whales.

  • Baleen Whale: the most popular whale found in the Sea of Cortez and also the largest of all cetacean whales.
  • Gray Whale: easily spotted by its mottled gray appearance and narrow, triangular head. Numerous patches of yellow, orange patches of barnacles or lice.
  • Hump-back Whale: can easily be identified by their stocky bodies with obvious humps and black upper parts.
    The tail flukes, which are lifted high in the dive sequence, have wavy rear edges.

Best Whale Watching Spots

  • Ojo de Liebre Lagoon
  • San Ignacio Lagoon
  • Magdalena Bay

Best Time of Year

January through April.

Favorite Breeding Grounds

Whales have favorite breeding grounds! In the early winter, they will move south to the warm, shallow lagoons along the Mexican coast. The most popular breeding lagoons are located on the Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico:

  • San Ignacio
  • Scammon's lagoon
  • Magdalena Bay

If you have ever seen a whale spy-hopping, where the whale sticks his or her head out of the water for a look around, or breaching, where the whale propels much of the body out of the water over and over again, you might just become a seasoned whale watcher! There are numerous trips available for whale watching.
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