Close Encounters with Grey Whales
When we arrived the previous evening to Kuyima Whale Watching Camp with Aventuras Mexico Profundo, we received a short briefing at dinner that evening about the whales we would be seeing bright and early the following morning. The briefing, though highly accurate, could have never prepared me for what actually happened. We set out in to Laguna San Ignacio just after sunrise in small fishing boats, and very quickly saw some grey whales at a distance. A birthing environment for the whales, the mothers have their young and spend several months nursing them in these warmer waters, before making the long and treacherous trek up to Alaska. We spotted mothers and babies everywhere in pairs, and then a curious pair came right up to our boat -- so close that we got to touch both whales and feel their slippery skin and their coarse whiskers. The baby grey whale made eye contact with me, giving me what I swear was a playful glance, before heading back into the green waters below.
By Ashley Castle Pittman, AFAR Contributor
San Ignacio Lagoon, Mexico