The Expedition – Whale Watching with a Difference
Let’s begin! From the Dive Ninja Expeditions HQ in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, our expedition will journey 5 hours north along the beautiful rocky mountains of the Sierra de la Laguna, and through the cactus filled deserts of Baja California Sur, to our base camp in a small fishing town on the shores of Bahia Magdalena. After checking into our comfortable bed and breakfast, we’ll have our first presentation of the trip, followed by a delicious dinner at one of the local restaurants. The next 3 days we’ll be up early! With full days on the water, we’ll explore the 3 lagoons of the Mag Bay complex.
Each area showcases different whale social behavior. The females give birth in the shallowest part of the lagoon – spot grey whales babies only a few days old (cute)! Then, when checking out the mouth of the lagoon, we’ll be looking to catch spy hopping behavior during a tide change. Sometimes fifty individual whales play peek-a-boo all around your boat, trying to get a look at you! Then moving on to the deeper parts of the lagoon, we see more social behavior – such as males and females looking for mates, or females teaching their young ones, preparing them for the long journey back to the arctic at the end of the winter.
We’ll spend the three ocean days not only experiencing the whales, but also exploring the many islands, looking for dolphins, turtles, osprey, and other wildlife that make this place so special. After a whale filled day on the water, we’ll head back to the bed and breakfast, and watch the sun paint the sky every color of pink as it sets over the bay, before heading in for dinner and a presentation from Maru.
Who’s Maru? Well, Maru Marcias is a biologist and science communicator currently studying the impact of ecotourism with grey whales on individuals environmental awareness. Alongside Maru, and our knowledgeable ninja naturalist guide you will have the opportunity to help to collect essential population data on these whales to get a better understanding of their health, social dynamics, threats, and ensure tourism activities in the area are sustainable. Presentations will be given each evening on the importance of whales for a healthy planet, the threats they face, their conservation here in Baja and around the world, as well as steps we can take to protect them in our everyday lives as Whale Defenders.
We head out each day with snacks, drinks, a delicious, locally prepared lunch, and the most knowledgeable captain in the area. Our ninja captain, Mele, a product of generations of artisanal fishermen, grew up navigating these waters and knows every rock, tide, fish, and whale in the bay. Now, a full time eco-tour operator, this ninja is a verifiable whale whisperer. We’ve seen him point out whales before they even surface, or know exactly where a particular mother and calf will take refugee in dense fog.
On the last day we’ll head in a little early, taking a detour through the local mangroves to visit the natural sand dunes for our expedition closing picnic on the dunes. The mangrove and dune eco systems here are vastly important to the local area. So much so, that they have recently been deemed a protected area by the Mexican government. We’ll spend one last night in this gorgeous area before heading back to Cabo after breakfast the next morning.