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Gray Whale

Eschrichtius robustus


Gray Whale or Grey Whale (Eschrichtius robustus), Grauwal, Laguna/Bahia Maddalena, Baja California, Mexico

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bayucca 9 years ago

Luis, give me the money and the time and I will meet you there tomorrow!!
Oh, yes, almost 10 years ago...

LuisStevens 9 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?

bayucca 9 years ago

Thanks, folks!! I am still dreaming...!

rams4d 9 years ago

Congrats, great pictures !!!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Great series !!!

luke.mackin 10 years ago

Incredible series.

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 10 years ago


Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

I missed that. Amazing series, Bayucca. Congratulations.

Dixie 10 years ago

Wow bayucca! These are great. I've always wanted to see these. Thank you for posting your wonderful pics.

pamsai 10 years ago

Wow, you are really close! Wonderful series...

bayucca 10 years ago

Thanks Emily and Joshua!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 10 years ago

That's awesome thanks for sharing Bayucca!

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

I am so thrilled for you that you had this incredible experience! Thank you for sharing your story and pictures!

bayucca 10 years ago

Thanks, Christy!

ChristyHolland 10 years ago

I'm so jealous!! I saw a documentary about the grey 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 they know now we won't hurt them. They are amazingly intelligent creatures!! Beautiful series!! ;-)

bayucca 10 years ago

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!!

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

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

Jeannette 10 years ago

Great series :)

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Baja California Sur, Mexico

Spotted on Mar 8, 2004
Submitted on Jan 6, 2013

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