Baja California's Whales

2014 Whale Watching Season Starts in Jan and continues through the Spring.


 Laguna San Ignacio


Many of Baja California's larger lagoons are breading grounds for Whales. The whale here are in their natural environments, they don't do tricks for food, but they are curious and approach human visitors, both moms and their babies. Giving people a glimpse of how social these creatures truly are when they are free to do and be what they desire. It is estimated that about 10% of the Gray Whales of Laguna San Ignacio are friendly that is to say approach boats for interaction with humans..

This video was taken in the lagoons of Baja, where female gray whales give birth to their calves. This calf did not loose its mother at the time of this video. She is with the calf in the lagoon. Moms often bring their baby whales over to the boat to be touched and petted. This is how gray whales have become known as the friendliest whale.

Baja offers many real eco-tourism destinations. Guerrero Negro is the largest bay for whales who spend the summer months in the Bay. 

The most studied natural orcas is the community that visits Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands,(currently a pod of 88 whales),  which are located in the northwestern corner of Washington state in San Juan County, Washington. It has been determined that Orca's remain in family based communities for their entire lives and learn their diet, and language from their community. For example some communities like to eat salmon while others do not and different communities use different sounds to communicate. Female Orcas not in captivity often live to 80 years old and become the matriarchal rulers of the Pod; Males often live into their 30s.

Here in this video a pod of Orca whales enjoy surfing in the wake created by a recreational boat. This playful pod of Orcas - nearly 20 in all, Enjoys La Paz - north of Cabo in the summer. Rich and Laura were in La Paz to enjoy diving at Espiritu Santos Island.