We’ve enjoyed another picture-perfect day in Laguna San Ignacio with clear skies and light winds. We started the day with a visit from a cow and calf next to the Searcher.
Sue and Larry Schott from Ontario, Canada, wrote to recommend a book about Laguna San Ignacio. They read it in preparation for their February, 2012 tour to that same spot!
“We came across an excellent book which you may already know about. It is called ‘Whales Touching the Mystery’ by Doug Thomson. It is primarily about the gray whales, the history and the current ‘keepers of the lagoon.’ I am reading it for the second time. It is one of the books that intrigued us initially on San Ignacio Lagoon and being able to get close encouters with the gray whales. It is an excellent read for anyone doing your whale watching tour.”
(photo by Chef Charles Howell from Laguna San Ignacio)
Hello whalewatchers, We had another great day in Laguna San Ignacio, starting with a pre-breakfast mangrove skiff ride and ending with a trip to the beach. The birding in the mangroves was really great and everyone likes a chance for a walk on the pristine beach here. We had lots of close encounters with gray [...]
Hello whalewatchers, What a remarkable day in Laguna San Ignacio, with cows and calf everywhere we look! We even had them hanging around Searcher all day. Everyone had a close encounter on both trips today. I think everyone was a little overwhelmed and a little reserved in the pangas today. I think that might change [...]
Hello whalewatchers, Today we got an early start in the pangas. There was a little wind from the north that made it a little chilly and wet in the pangas but there are so many whales here that I don’t think anyone noticed that much. Great whale watching with a few close encounters on the [...]
There are now a whopping 350 gray whales in the lagoon–180 single whales and 85 mother/calf pairs. The mother/calf number is way up from last week!
Hello all, Today’s word, courtesy of our UK friends, is LOLLING–as in, the whales are lolling around today. We are enjoying wonderful weather with calm winds. And top that off with great whalewatching and plenty of whales in the observation zone. We had two trips this morning, and this afternoon we have an option for [...]
Hello all, This afternoon’s trip was a little slower than this morning’s but there was really good whalewatching with plenty of gray whales in the lagoon. We had a mother/calf pair near the boat today too. The weather changed a little and we had a light breeze that made it a little chilly in the [...]
There were 135 gray whales counted that day: 61 single whales and 37 mother/calf pairs. Here is video from one of those single whales, filmed from Searcher during Tour #1: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1MnYk4NXWE Video by Steve Lamb of http://www.wrongwaylamb.com
Some of our passenger may remember Steven, as he rides down aboard Searcher to his research station on Laguna San Ignacio. We help transport some gear as well. The sponsoring organization has an updated web site with research data on gray whales and other wildlife at the lagoon: http://lsiecosystem.org/2010/08/gray-whale-survey-2010/
It’s Baja California’s “friendly” whales that first attract many of the people who come here from across the globe. Eastern Pacific gray whales migrate to Laguna San Ignacio for mating and calving. Thousands of them gather between late January and mid-April. We’re honored to be granted permits from Mexico to share this remarkable place with [...]