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 Peñasco. 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 Peñasco 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 Peñasco.
Don’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 Peñasco and reserve a spot on a boat that will bring you close to a visual encounter with these giants of the sea.
The production team of “Orgullo Sonorense” (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 Peñasco, 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 Félix, host of “Orgullo Sonorense”, 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.
“We 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 Peñasco. In no other area did we see people from different walks of life and sectors doing this; it’s the most supportive and loving act we’ve seen,” explained the host.
Among those who received recognition were people who lead groups providing hot meals, food baskets, and water, including: Peñasco Unido, Puros Compas, AIM Peñasco, Peñasco strong, Todos somos Peñasco, Peñasco nos Necesita, Families Helping Families, Chef Engelbert Rios and Juan Lucero, and the Puerto Peñasco Rotary Club (CR Mar de Peñasco).
Additional recognitions were presented to Sara Lilia Cárdenas 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 “Orgullo Sonorense” 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 show’s recent visit to Puerto Peñasco included Lizette Ibarra, Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, women from a local oyster cooperative, “la Guerrera Pápaga” of the Tohono O’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 Peñasco, which made it a challenge to pinpoint just one source of pride in the port.
“Peñasco is a mix of Baja California, Arizona, and Sonora; we can’t pinpoint just one source of pride locally, which could be fishing, the hotel sector, its people,” 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 Peñasco. In addition to sowing the land, here people also plant seeds at sea.