2020 Tour #3 March 8-19

Hello whalewatchers,

We arrived in Laguna San Ignacio and we were greeted by many gray whales in the entrance. Passengers had two trips in the pangas and there were some close encounters with gray whales. Unfortunately the weather turned into steady rain showers! Intrepid passengers went out in the rain after lunch and they had a good trip. A second panga went out for the final trip in the rain and they had a close encounter with a mom and calf gray whale.

Capt Art and Team Searcher

2020-03-13T11:56:16-07:00March 13th, 2020|Trip Reports|

2020 Tour #3 March 8-19

Hello whalewatchers

We spent part of the day at Isla San Benito under rainy conditions–which is very unusual. Everyone got ashore while skies were clear, and then 11 am there was a downpour for an hour! Everyone returned early to get out of the weather. Despite the conditions, there were good sightings on pinnipeds: Northern elephant seal pups, weaners, a few females and even a few males still hanging around. There were Guadalupe fur seals in their spot on the island, and a few California sea lions were at the anchorage. Birds to watch include osprey, peregine falcon, Cassin’s auklets, black-vented shearwaters, and a masked booby flew by after leaving the island and landed on the water. We got a close look at it! A red footed booby also did a fly-by.

We are headed to Laguna San Ignacio for tomorrow.

Capt Art and Team Searcher

Thanks to Peter Dunn for photos.

2020-03-11T14:19:52-07:00March 11th, 2020|Trip Reports|

2020 Tour #3 March 8-19

Hello whalewatchers:

Our first day of the trip started with clearing officially into Mexico. We traveled to Isla Todo Santos. We viewed several black oystercatchers, brown pelicans on the nest, western gulls, comorants, peregine falcons and a kestrel. Several harbor seals with pups, California sea lions and Northern elephant seal pups were on view also. The island is very green and in full bloom.

We saw several northbound gray whales south of the island with one large group of 8 gray whales close together! Our conditions changed and we had light winds and rain for most of the afternoon. We arrive at Islas San Benito tomorrow morning.

Capt Art and Team Searcher

2020-03-11T09:48:38-07:00March 10th, 2020|Trip Reports|

2020 Tour #2 Feb 22-Mar 4

Hello whalewatchers,

For our last day of the trip we ended with a bang. We spent our day watching humpback whales between the Gorda Banks and Los Frailes. They were very frisky today and put on quite a show, tail lobbing flipper flapping and breaching from about 7am to about 3 pm we were in them. We will be arriving in the Cabo San Lucas to finish off a great trip.

Captain Mike and Team Searcher

2020-07-15T16:34:08-07:00March 6th, 2020|Trip Reports|

Humpback sounds

Happy Whale Wednesday! Passengers on Trip #2 got to listen to the lovely songs of the humpback whales. These humpbacks were singing for quite sometime and naturalist Marc Webber was able to record their songs and sounds on this recording off the Gorda Banks. No better way to celebrate Whale Wednesday!

2020-03-04T14:28:24-08:00March 4th, 2020|Trip Reports, Videos|

2020 Tour #2 Feb 22-Mar 4

Hello whalewatchers:

We spent most of our day on dry land. We started at Punta Colorado on Isla San Jose and watched the sunrise over the sandstone cliffs. We went hiking and snorkeling there until lunch time. We then took off looking for marine wildlife around the northern end of Isla San Jose and the San Jose Channel. We saw very little, but got some good looks at the smooth-tailed mobula rays in the channel. We ended our day at Nopolo on the Baja peninsula looking for birds. Our birders were excited to find the endemic Xantus (Read all about the person Xantus here!) hummingbird here. We’ll be at Isla San Francisco tomorrow morning.

Captain Mike and Team Searcher

2020-07-15T16:34:08-07:00March 4th, 2020|Trip Reports|

2020 Tour #2 Feb 22-Mar 4

Hello whalewatchers:

Wow, what a day here in the Sea of Cortez! We had beautiful weather all day today. We started our morning at Bahia Agua Verde this morning for a snorkel and a bird walk. The day didn’t really heat up until we left. Once we got above Isla Monserat we got into a huge area of feeding blue whales and fin whales. They put on quite a show for us. There must have been 30 of them within a few miles. They were up on the surface all around the boat, lunge feeding and skimming the surface as close as 50 feet from the boat.

Captain Mike and Team Searcher

Side-swimming blue whale feeding at the surface.

 

2020-07-15T16:34:08-07:00March 2nd, 2020|Trip Reports|

2020 Tour #2 Feb 22-Mar 4

Hello whalewatchers:

We had some great whalewatching today! We travelled out towards Islas Las Animas first thing this morning. We were able to get close and observe the California sea lions and the Guadalupe fur seals colonizing the small islet. We then headed towards the peninsula and located a large area of sperm whales. I estimate there were at least 20 in the area, multiple mother/calf pairs, groups of three or four, and several who fluked upon diving. We had what we believed was a breacher as well, but never got close enough to properly identify it.

(Thank you to Rob N for use of his photo of sperm whales.)

We ended our day at Puerto Gato with some some snorkeling and a bird walk up the wash. We added four new species to the bird list, including an endemic gray thrasher. Beautiful weather all day today.

Captain Mike and Team Searcher

 

2020-03-01T09:28:59-08:00March 1st, 2020|Trip Reports|

2020 Tour #2 Feb 22-Mar 4

Hello whalewatchers:

We started our day this morning on the Pacific ocean side of the cape looking at humpback whales. We found a mother/calf right at breakfast that was flipper flopping and breaching. They put on a pretty good show, including a scenic backdrop from the peninsula.

From there on we had steady action all the way around the cape and onto the inner Gorda Bank. The wind started to come up in the afternoon. We made it around to Punta Arena where we got in the water and got our first snorkel session in.

Captain Mike and Team Searcher

2020-07-15T16:34:08-07:00February 28th, 2020|Trip Reports|

2020 Tour #2 Feb 22-Mar 4

Hello whalewatchers,

This morning we woke up just North of Cabo San Lazaro and found a large area of humpback whales. We watched a group of four whales that were staying close to the boat for about a hour.

The middle of the day was slow for wildlife watching, but we moved into a new area mid-afternoon that was full of humpbacks and a few blue whales! We saw numerous humpbacks and 3 blue whales. There was a pair of blues and one single blue. We got some good looks at the single whale, as it showed its flukes often. It also stayed close to the boat for about a hour before we had to point south.

Also, we picked up a hitchhiker on the way. This brown booby joined the party and rode the bow for about a hour. 

Just before sunset, we found an enormous pod of common dolphins and rode them out into the sunset.  It was a great way to finish off a great day. Oh and we had beautiful calm seas all day!

Captain Mike and Team Searcher

2020-07-15T16:34:08-07:00February 27th, 2020|Trip Reports|

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