Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gray Whale - Eschrichtius robustus

Gray Whale Head Breach
It is that time of the year where I will wish I was back at Laguna San Ignacio in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. The gray whales have migrated down from Alaska and not giving birth to their calves. It is a protected spot in only certain numbers of people can be in the Laguna at any one time. The Mexican guides take you out in their pangas to where the whales are and the whales will come right up to your boat. It is an exceptionally thrilling experience. You can touch the whales and in doing so you become one with them.
Meeting a Gray Whale

Gray Whale Head with Barnacles

I am looking at you

Blow by a pangas

Juvenile Gray Whale

Juvenile Gray Whale on Back of Mother


You can learn more about the gray whale's history of being hunted to where it is now a mainstay of ec0-tourism in parts of the Baja in "Eye of the Whale: Epic Passage From Baja To Siberia" by Dick Russell