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Whale watching season on the horizon

Whale watching season is nearing as these giants of the ocean approach the Pacific coast, making their way to warmer waters in the Sea of Cortez.

Early in the year is when we can observe the natural spectacle put on by these enormous cetaceans as they skirt the coasts of Puerto PeƱasco. This is indeed a privileged spot as tourism companies program special whale watching trips so you can catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures.

Whale watching takes place in this area from January through April. The whales make their way toward our coasts for the rich food sources, as well as to mate and give birth to their young.

Whales most frequently spotted in Puerto PeƱasco waters include the fin whale, the second largest whale species in the world, as well as grey and humpback whales.  The whales migrate from the cold Alaskan coasts, where they feed during the summer, and make their way to the warmer waters of the Sea of Cortez for the winter.

Whale watching, which is a privilege in the region and a gift of nature, is also authorized by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).  This agency establishes regulations so that whale watching can be done under measures necessary to protect the species.

Some boats that navigate in the waters off Baja Caifornia Sur have already reported whale sightings, which means they will certainly soon be visible off the coasts of Puerto PeƱasco.

Donā€™t miss out on the opportunity to witness a whale breaching or cresting the watery surface, plus the chance to capture the memory forever.  So, start planning your next winter trip to Puerto PeƱasco and reserve a spot on a boat  that will bring you close to a visual encounter with these giants of the sea.

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Puerto PeƱasco highlighted as Sonoran Pride!

The production team of ā€œOrgullo Sonorenseā€ (Sonoran Pride), which airs on Telemex every Saturday at noon and Thursdays at 7 p.m., recently paid a visit to Rocky Point. Through interviews and on-site visits during their stay, the production team documented various trades and individuals that enhance the identity and roots of this port city.

In addition, as the goal of the program is to highlight Sonoran pride, and in this case Puerto PeƱasco, special acknowledgments were presented to several civil groups who rose up at the beginning of the pandemic to provide food and basic supplies to vulnerable families, or those left without a job. 

Alejandro Corrales FĆ©lix, host of ā€œOrgullo Sonorenseā€, presented the acknowledgments to representatives from several associations chosen as a source of local pride for their work, many of whom continue to provide support to those in need.

ā€œWe present these recognitions to those who have made an impact, and hopefully these (actions) can be replicated within Sonoran society.  We ask for leadership, and generally tend to highlight an individual; however, this case was different as several groups were recognized for what they did for Puerto PeƱasco. In no other area did we see people from different walks of life and sectors doing this; itā€™s the most supportive and loving act weā€™ve seen,ā€ explained the host.

Among those who received recognition were people who lead groups providing hot meals, food baskets, and water, including: PeƱasco Unido, Puros Compas, AIM PeƱasco, PeƱasco strong, Todos somos PeƱasco, PeƱasco nos Necesita, Families Helping Families, Chef Engelbert Rios and Juan Lucero, and the Puerto PeƱasco Rotary Club (CR Mar de PeƱasco).

Additional recognitions were presented to Sara Lilia CƔrdenas Franco and Karen Tanori for their support as local co-hosts for the program, particularly for their valuable knowledge about the city as well as in livening up interviews.

The ā€œOrgullo Sonorenseā€ program aims to promote and highlight cultural values, local products, and everything that brings a sense of pride and joy to local residents. Those interviewed during the showā€™s recent visit to Puerto PeƱasco included Lizette Ibarra, Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, women from a local oyster cooperative, ā€œla Guerrera PĆ”pagaā€ of the Tohono Oā€™odham community, seafood producers, chefs cooking with regional products and fresh seafood from the Sea of Cortez, as well as dune exploration guides, local artists, and artisans, among others.

Program host Alejandro Corrales stated he was surprised at the confluence of cultures and people living in Puerto PeƱasco, which made it a challenge to pinpoint just one source of pride in the port.

ā€œPeƱasco is a mix of Baja California, Arizona, and Sonora; we canā€™t pinpoint just one source of pride locally, which could be fishing, the hotel sector, its people,ā€ he reflected.

One thing that certainly drew a lot of attention while working on documenting the area, added Corrales, was how people use products from the land and the Sea of Cortez to delight the palates of all who visit Puerto PeƱasco. In addition to sowing the land, here people also plant seeds at sea.

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