Many other species of whales call the Sea of Cortez home, or migrate around the peninsula. It is very common to see the second largest animal – the fin whales in La Paz and the area during the spring and early summer. They are local residents of the Gulf of California, and only migrate between the northern and the southern part of the Sea of Cortez. Studies have shown that the fin and blue whales tend to interact quite a lot, and it is believed that there is a small population of hybrid fin / blue whales living here too!
Sperm whales are also an exciting species we get to see every now and then. They travel around the south parts of Baja in groups of 20 – 30 individuals and can be seen sleeping on the surface, or while swimming just under it. Sightings occur mostly in the summer months, but are not frequent enough for actual whale watching tours.
Orcas, or killer whales, live here all year round too, but predicting where and when they might be seen is quite difficult. In general, wherever there’s food, you might find orcas – so, near Cabo when the humpbacks are calving (winter), inside the Sea of Cortez during mobula season (spring/summer), and out in the Pacific during the sardine run (fall). Luck plays a big factor and being in the right place at the right time is always a good idea.