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Gray Whale or Grey Whale (Eschrichtius robustus), Grauwal, Laguna/Bahia Maddalena, Baja California, Mexico
Spotted on Mar 8, 2004
Submitted on Jan 6, 2013
and 13 other people favorited this spotting
Luis, give me the money and the time and I will meet you there tomorrow!!
Oh, yes, almost 10 years ago...
Amazing spotting Bayucca! Now for the first time I know they are Grey Whales in Baja California and not Humpback whales as the ones in Bahía de Banderas (Puerto Vallarta). Almost 10 years, isn't time to come back?
Thanks, folks!! I am still dreaming...!
Congrats, great pictures !!!
Great series !!!
I missed that. Amazing series, Bayucca. Congratulations.
Wow bayucca! These are great. I've always wanted to see these. Thank you for posting your wonderful pics.
Wow, you are really close! Wonderful series...
Thanks Emily and Joshua!
That's awesome thanks for sharing Bayucca!
I am so thrilled for you that you had this incredible experience! Thank you for sharing your story and pictures!
I'm so jealous!! I saw a documentary about the grey whale...how some are still alive from the whaling days and they probably remember humans as being killing machines, and yet today in the gulf they let people swim with them and get incredibly close - they don't swim away in fear from everyone that approaches. I think that's very generous of them...like they know now we won't hurt them. They are amazingly intelligent creatures!! Beautiful series!! ;-)
Actually the closest distance was 0 cm! Afterwards I knew that there are always discussions about this type of whale watching procedures. But would you jump out of the boat before you have seen these wonderful animals? I have the confidence that nature organisations and trip organiser have mad a "good" deal for protecting these whales and earn some money for the local people to keep these protection level up. Nature protection without including local people does not function. So it was really an amazing experience!! Do you know how a whale feels like when touching (Oh, he would not feel anything...): Like a louzy inflated football. And very soft if you do not take all the barnacles. The whales, actually a mother and calf came very close to us, without any fear, even scratching their back at the (shot down) engine of the boat, one between two boats! Boahh! What a feeling!!
Amazing! How close did this giant come to you? In the third picture it looks like he was very curious! What an experience it must have been!
Beautiful capture Bayucca,congrats and thanks for sharing
Great series :)