Annual Whale Migration in Baja

Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau called the sea of Cortes the “world’s aquarium” Truly it is one of the most unique marine ecosystems in the world. With more than 850 marine species it’s a scuba diver’s dream come true.

This pristine environment attracts scuba divers, eco-tourists, nature lovers and whale watchers who are delighted to find giant rays, large whale sharks, sea lion colonies, humpback, blue, and of course, gray whales.

One of the greatest spectacles in Sea of Cortes is the arrival of thousands of gray whales. These mammals migrate from the Arctic to Baja California to feed and give birth. They usually stay from December until March, although some groups stay until April.

In the state of South Baja California there are four major areas for whale sightings: Ojo de Liebre Lagoon, Guerrero Negro, San Ignacio Lagoon and Magdalena Bay. All are located within the Vizcaino Ecological Park that was declared a protected area in 1988 due to the large numbers of gray whales and the importance of its flora and fauna to the region’s life cycle. Other sites where visitors can go whale watching are on the Pacific Ocean: the Soledad, Puerto Lopez Mateos and Puerto San Carlos.

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