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Its not every day you make friends with a 20-ton whale!

Written on: Tuesday March 4th, 2008

A journal entry from: North America in our Camper Van!

I can hardly begin to describe the excitement that we experienced today. We spent thirty minutes playing, scratching and petting a 20 ton gray whale and her young calf, who swam alongside our small dingy boat in the Laguna Ojo de Liebre. The mother whale was more than twice the size of the boat we were in!! I certainly have a new found appreciation for these majestic mammals, who seemed as curios and excited about us as we were about them. The young calf, (who we named Pablito), was especially fun- he kept popping his head out of the water alongside the boat looking for a nose scratch. He would then roll over onto his side to make eye contact before diving under again. Mama Sita, as we affectionately named the mother, preferred to stay directly underneath the boat and simply lift up her fin for us to scratch. From the boat we could also reach her back for a pat?. and were amazed with how soft her skin was. The calf always stayed very close to his mother and periodically they would dive below only to emerge with a large spray of water from their blowholes; Kristin got sprayed right in the face several times. Raul, our guide, told us that although the whales are friendly, we were fortunate that the whales chose to spend so much time with us- that doesn?t happen every day. Every year the whales make the phenomenal journey from the Siberian and Alaskan waters down to the warm shallow lagoons of the Baja peninsula. When they start arriving in December they will have swum from 6000 ? 9000 kms. The mothers give birth and start raising their calves in the shallow, warm and safe lagoon waters over the next four months. In April they start the long return journey to the frozen waters of the north.

Rob took a great short video clip on our camera showing the whales swimming right up to the boat to say hello to us.

 

From Annette on Mar 11th, 2008

WOW! Pablito and Mama Sita...smart whales to choose to spend a 1/2 hour with such interesting humans as the 4 of you! I think this will be one of those forever kind of memories that you all will treasure.. I'm going to treasure just having seen the photos!

From Megs on Mar 13th, 2008

holy crap, huge yet beautiful whales. what an amazing experience for you to be able to scratch their backs. looks like your having fun

From Sloan on Mar 24th, 2008

I cannot even beleive how lucky you guys are to have had that experience. I am certain that words cannot describe how impressed and overwhelmed you guys were, it`s impossible to relate! That is beyond amazing, so happy for you guys!