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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 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.