Whale Watching Days 2014
We had a wonderful year for whales! On the Pacific side we had a wonderful time playing with mamma and baby grey whales. Here, in the Sea of Cortez we encountered many Blues, Fins, Humpbacks and even Orcas! The ocean was thick with krill and all the creatures that are dependent upon it. I knew we’d have a good whale season in early February when we went out diving. The ocean was so green with plankton we couldn’t see 4 feet in front of us. It was like diving in an emerald, the sea was thick with phyto-plankton the food source that supports the billions of tiny shrimp (krill) that in turn provide sustenance to the largest creatures on earth. The dives were not a total loss, there were plenty of critters to see in and on the rocks and between the dives we saw the whales that had recently come into the area.
The whales were earlier than usual this year. This was in keeping with a pattern we’ve seen since last fall. Winds came early, birds came into the area and started nesting early, fish came in or left earlier than usual, the water temperature started to go way down in November, not December (and writing this in April when the water is normally 58 degrees it’s 70 in some areas! The whales were also in a different location this year. Usually we find them south of Carmen and have to travel for at least an hour to get out to them. This year they were just 40 minutes out, and North of Carmen. In February we had 2 (instead of 15) windy days so the weather was amazing as well. It was a treat to see so many feeding blue whales, fin whales and jumping Humpbacks (one came up so close we thought it would jump in the boat!!!). Unfortunately with the early arrival came their early departure. We were sad to see them go. It’s always amazing to see these wonderful creatures. To think we’ve cut their numbers so much that now there’s only an estimated 7000 (give or take) in the world. Whenever I see one I feel so privileged that they come into this small corner of the ocean and we get to be near them.
Thanks to everyone who shared this magical experience with us. For those of you who have not we hope you can next year.