Mexico is known for its stunning natural beauty,diverse landscapes,warm weather,gorgeous beaches and friendly atmosphere,but it’s also a great place to interact firsthand with some of nature’s most impressive sea animals. Each year from November through April the whale migration season comes to Cabo San Lucas,Mexico,bringing with it the opportunity for visitors and locals to see these giants up close and personal.
Located at the southern tip of Mexico’s west coast on the Baja California Peninsula,Cabo is easily one of the world’s most popular vacation and ex-pat destinations. Here,visitors and residents alike enjoy easy access to the U.S. and other international destinations,as well as modern infrastructure,a low crime rate and every luxury you could imagine. In addition,every winter and spring whale species including blue whales,northern Pacific right whales,sperm whales,gray whales,minke whales,long-finned pilot whales,humpback whales and spring whales come to the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez.
“Mexico’s Baja California peninsula is a prime spot for whale watching,” writes USA Today. “Whale watchers can take paid boat tours offered by operators who track whales’ movements. Because they swim close to the coasts,however,Baja whales frequently are visible for free from the beaches.”
There are a number of great places to view the whales during their migration and breeding activities,but near Cabo San Lucas whales are often seen near the beaches of Todos Santos,which is a smaller community that lies just a short distance north of the city and translates to mean “all saints.” Here,these magnificent creatures can be seen scraping off pesky barnacles by rolling along the steep,sandy bottom.
The whales will often make themselves known by spouting,or blowing water up into the air from the sea after returning to the surface after a long dive. Sometimes the spouts can even be visible from miles away! In addition,the humpbacks are very fond of breaching,which involves leaping out of the water over and over again for as long as 30 minutes at a time,and are also frequently seen lobtailing,which is when they slap the water forcefully with their tails to agitate prey. Other whale species are also seen regularly in the Sea of Cortez performing barrel rolls on the surface,among other impressive feats.
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