Updated count on gray whales for 19 February

Our friend and gray whale expert is busy in the field in Laguna San Ignacio. He and his team are taking a weekly census of the gray whales, among accomplishing many other projects.

They report counting 98 single whales and 13 mother-calf pairs, for a total of 124 whales. He makes some comments about weather below:

Water […]

February 20th, 2019|News|

Tour #1 (Feb 7-18, 2019) – Los Frailes/Gorda Banks

Dear whale watchers:

What a day with humpback whales! We estimate seeing 60-70 whales within a 5-hour period. We observed multiple mother/calf pairs, including a very young calf. It was only days old and still had its feral folds.
Many […]

February 19th, 2019|News|

Tour #1 (Feb 7-18, 2019) – Isla Santa Catalina

Hello whalewatchers,

Today we spent the morning at Isla Santa Catalina. Everyone went ashore for a walk in the beautiful desert arroyo. After the walk we offered a snorkel session or a “Crazy Coastal Cruise” along the shoreline to see birds and more. Everyone enjoyed the island and the […]

February 16th, 2019|Trip Reports|

Tour #1 (Feb 7-18, 2019) – Isla San Jose

(Someone has their lucky whale socks  on today…)

Hello whalewatchers,

We started our day with a beautiful sunrise at Punta Colorado on Isla San Jose. We had breakfast with a view of the beautiful sandstone point in the background. Naturalist Paul Jones calls it one of his favorite places on […]

February 15th, 2019|Trip Reports|

Updated count on gray whales

More gray whales  have arrived in Laguna San Ignacio! 
Census completed by UABCS (Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur) today.

76 singles and 13  mother/calf pairs were counted. A total of 102 Whales.

Stay here for all the whale updates. And read more about the […]

February 15th, 2019|News|

Tour #1 (Feb 7-18, 2019) – Bahia La Paz and Los Islotes

Hello whalewatchers:

Happy Valentines Day!

Satellite view of southern Baja California peninsula

We started the day in Bahia La Paz (the large bay on the eastern side of the Baja peninsula, seen at lower left). Our whale shark partner from Chicalera Tours met us to provide the

February 14th, 2019|Trip Reports|

Tour #1 (Feb 7-18, 2019) – offshore Cabo San Lucas

Hello whalewatchers!

Our passengers enjoyed humpback whale songs this morning. Capt Art recorded it and sent an audio file. We’ve attached some photos taken by our past passengers so you can listen and enjoy as well.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the courting humpbacks!

Team Searcher

February 13th, 2019|Trip Reports|

Tour #1 (Feb 7-18, 2019) – offshore Bahia Magdalena

Hello whalewatchers,

We have had a great morning! We’ve enjoyed several humpback whale sightings: singles, doubles and up to four whales in a group. We followed a group of four for over an hour, and we could say they followed us at times too. The whales hung around the boat, they laid under […]

February 13th, 2019|Trip Reports|

Tour #1 (Feb 7-18, 2019) – Laguna San Ignacio, day 2

Hello whalewatchers,

Mangrove birding excursions

We had more wind today but we managed to get two whalewatchings trips in. After lunch the group went into the mangroves for a good birding trip during the high tide.

To read about some of the birds we see on our tours, including mangrove […]

February 12th, 2019|Trip Reports|

Tour #1 (Feb 7-18, 2019) – Laguna San Ignacio, day 1

Hello whalewatchers,

We had a great today with calm seas and light winds. Navigating the lagoon’s entrance was similar to last year and so we had an easy journey in to anchor among the gray whales. After we anchored, two small boats (pangas) arrived to take the first whalewatching trip out by 8:30 […]

February 11th, 2019|Trip Reports|

Tour #1 (Feb 7-18, 2019) – Islas San Benito

Hello whalewatchers,

Osprey by Colin Barber

We had a great day at San Benito today. With overcast conditions and light winds, everyone enjoyed great hiking weather. The group saw lots of elephant seals and 7 Guadalupe fur seals, a rare and endangered seal. […]

February 10th, 2019|Trip Reports|

Tour #1 (Feb 7-18, 2019) – Isla Todos Santos and south

Hello whalewatchers,

We departed on our first Baja Whales and Wildlife trip of 2019 and we are excited to get started!

We arrived in Ensenada to take care of all the Mexico immigration requirements. Then we made a brief stop at Isla Todos Santos for viewing wildlife at this offshore island. We observed pinnipeds […]

February 9th, 2019|Trip Reports|

Tour #1 (Feb 7-18, 2019) – Depart San Diego

A wonderful group of whalewatchers departed San Diego last night for a southbound migration to Baja California!

“San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, and lots of whales and wildlife in between!”

 

 
“12-day tour to whalewatch for up to a dozen different species: gray, blue, fin, sperm, and […]

February 8th, 2019|Trip Reports|

Gray whale count on the rise

More Gray whale  have arrived in Laguna San Ignacio! Just in time for our trip departure.
Census completed by UABCS (Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur) today.

27  mother/calf pairs and 43 singles were counted. A total of 97 Whales.

Stay here for all […]

February 6th, 2019|News|

More Gray whales have Arrived!

More Gray whale  have arrived in Laguna San Ignacio!
Census completed by UABCS (Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur) today.
10  mother/calf pairs and 22 singles were counted.

Stay here for all the whale updates. And read more about the research here:

February 4th, 2019|News|

Gray whales have arrived in Laguna San Ignacio!

Photo by Chris Earley

Gray whale calves like this one arrive to Laguna San Ignacio!
First census completed by UABCS (Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur) today.
Nine mother/calf pairs and 12 singles were counted.

Stay here for all the whale updates. And […]

January 29th, 2019|News|

Research Expedition to Sea of Cortez (November 8-21)

Hello all,

For our final day on this research trip, we stayed another day at Isla Cerralvo. Our schedule was a little more relaxed than the rest of the trip. Our scientists needed time to work on their notes, enjoy some snorkeling time and recover from 12 days of hiking and collecting. The consensus from all […]

November 21st, 2018|Sea of Cortez Island Research, Trip Reports|

Research Expedition to Sea of Cortez (November 8-21)

Hello all,

Today is our second day at Isla San Jose. The small mammal team went ashore after we picked up the overnight campers at first light. We moved north a couple miles to the largest arroyo on the island (pictured here). It is located on the western side in the middle of the island. The […]

November 20th, 2018|Sea of Cortez Island Research, Trip Reports|

Research Expedition to Sea of Cortez (November 8-21)

November 17

Hello all,

We started our day at Isla San Diego, a small island north of Isla San Jose. The list of plants surveyed on this island today is 4 pages long! We spent two hours there and it was a successful visit with some new records of plants […]

November 18th, 2018|Sea of Cortez Island Research, Trip Reports|

Research Expedition to Sea of Cortez (November 8-21)

November 15-16

Hello all,

We had windy conditions today that prevented us from visiting a different location on Isla Santa Catalina. So we traveled south to Isla Santa Cruz where we found a calm spot to launch the skiffs and go ashore. The group surveyed an arroyo for plants and then returned for a snorkel session. We […]

November 17th, 2018|Sea of Cortez Island Research, Trip Reports|