California Gray Whales
San Ignacio Lagoon
Baja California, Mexico
The Gray Whales are champion long distance commuters.
They summer in Alaskan waters, and winter in the lagoons of
Baja California. Spring and fall are commute seasons when
whale watching is popular off the Pacific coast.
San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, Mexico, is the most
famous place to see Gray Whales up close in winter.
To begin with, San Ignacio has a huge gray whale
population. They are easy to spot from shore, but
serious whale watchers go on the lagoon in small boats.
This is typical gray whale
behavior, called a spy hop.
It's the "friendly whales" that make San Ignacio unique.
Unlike the average whale, friendly whales come right up to the
boats and seem to crave human attention. These whales do not
get fed. They choose to be with people and enjoy it. All
gray whales have barnacles, apparently from the womb on.
The chance to pet and photograph a friendly gray whale
in the wild is why people come to San Ignacio. There
are no guarantees that everyone will be this lucky.
If you have a high speed internet connection,
watch the Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's 15
minute video from San Ignacio, by clicking on:
The Whale's Tale