January 14, 2016 10:28 pm

whales by Frankie Grant, Marine Biologist at Cabo Trek The desert is green and full of life. From both the land and the sea one can find all sorts of interesting creatures to fill a nature lover’s time. Birdwatchers and fisherman alike have reported lots of activity around Los Cabos, with many of the humpback whales arriving 1 to 1.5 months ahead of schedule. It looks to be another eventful whale watching season here in Cabo with some 5,000 to 10,000 whales calling our waters home for the winter. The activity levels in January tend to be high as the bulk of whales finally reach the Sea of Cortez. The new year is here, and with it comes newborn whales and their acrobatics. When born, a newborn humpback has a shape similar to a dolphin as well as a light grey colour. Mother’s can be seen teaching calves at local beaches and in front of hotels surrounding the Cape, sometimes breaching no more than 100 yards off of the beach! Although whales can be seen from some hotel balconies, Cabo veterans know that going on a whale watching tour with a reputable company is the way to go. Safe distances must always be kept for both the safety of the whales and tourists, but viewing a whale in its natural environment can prove to be one of the most rewarding experiences for people of all ages. During January, even those not planning to see whales have unannounced encounters. While sport fishing occasionally whales will show up out of nowhere to put on a quick show. Scuba divers often report hearing the whales while underwater, as their sound can travel hundreds of miles and some scientists even believe low frequency whale sounds could travel more than 1,000 miles! If you have a free day on your new year’s vacation make sure to witness one of the greatest migrations on earth, right here in Cabo San Lucas.*    ]]>