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Whale Watch

Loreto

Traveling to Loreto in January is essential. Why? Its fortunate waters receive dozens of blue whales specimens, the largest mammal in the world, which arrive to complete their reproduction process through mating and breeding.

To observe them you have to navigate to Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto (Loreto Bay National Park) —with its bay and islands—, converted into a sanctuary and where service providers take you for passive observation, that is, following established rules for not affecting the species.

Once the boat locates a whale, usually guided by the jet of water expelled when breathing or by showing their back, they approach at a less than 4 km / h speed and maintaining a 100 meters (about 328 feet) distance, so you must keep eyes wide open so as not to miss their serene swim.

In cases where the specimen naturally approaches the boat, you shouldn’t touch it, scream, and much less jump into the water to try to swim with it.

During the blue whale watching season, which runs from January to March, you also have the privilege of observing another species—the gray whale. To do this, you have to leave Loreto by boat until you reach two-hours-away Bahía de Magdalena (Magdalena Bay).

This specimen, especially the younglings, has the characteristic of jumping and approaching boats with more confidence. In both cases, remember to follow the rules so their natural behavior wasn’t affected.

Traveling to Loreto in January is essential. Why? Its fortunate waters receive dozens of blue whales specimens, the largest mammal in the world, which arrive to complete their reproduction process through mating and breeding.

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To observe them you have to navigate to Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto (Loreto Bay National Park) —with its bay and islands—, converted into a sanctuary and where service providers take you for passive observation, that is, following established rules for not affecting the species.

Once the boat locates a whale, usually guided by the jet of water expelled when breathing or by showing their back, they approach at a less than 4 km / h speed and maintaining a 100 meters (about 328 feet) distance, so you must keep eyes wide open so as not to miss their serene swim.

In cases where the specimen naturally approaches the boat, you shouldn’t touch it, scream, and much less jump into the water to try to swim with it.

During the blue whale watching season, which runs from January to March, you also have the privilege of observing another species—the gray whale. To do this, you have to leave Loreto by boat until you reach two-hours-away Bahía de Magdalena (Magdalena Bay).

This specimen, especially the younglings, has the characteristic of jumping and approaching boats with more confidence. In both cases, remember to follow the rules so their natural behavior wasn’t affected.

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