Sunday, November 09, 2008

Jorobadas saltan!

Spring 2008
Although humpback whales (called jorobadas in Spanish) can be found within the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) in every month of the year, it is in the winter and springtime that newborn calves are abundant. From January until April are the best viewing months, and here on the Gorda Banks off San Jose del Cabo is one of the best places to see them breach (Salta!)

These two adult humpback whales are just outside Puerto Escondido ("hidden port" in Spanish) and are exhibiting classic courtship behaviour. Males will often perform all sorts of aerial displays when courting females...awesome!

Here a young calf, probably less than two months old, learns how to breach in waters just off Cabo san Lucas in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez.)

Sunset over the Baja Peninsula and this young humpback is really arching its way over backwards. Baja is such an amazing place to get to see jorobadas...que les vayan bien!

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