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Over 980 Whale Calves Sighted Off of Mexican Coast

Latin American Herald Tribune
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March 3, 2014
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Tourist Slapped in Face by Whale's Tail: Baja California is famous for its up close and personal encounters with whales, particularly friendly gray whales - but perhaps this was a little too close for comfort. (Jordyn R)

MEXICO CITY – Nearly 1,000 gray whales have been born in Mexico since January, when the marine mammals began arriving in the country’s coastal waters, the Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat said.

A total of 981 sightings of gray whale calves born in Mexican waters were made between Laguna Ojo de Liebre and Laguna San Ignacio, both located in Baja California Sur state, the secretariat said in a statement.

Some 1,438 adult gray whales have been sighted this season, which ends in April, the secretariat said.

The 2013 season produced 1,713 whale sightings, of which 704 were of calves, up to March 3, the secretariat said.

Conservation policies have been effective, resulting in a “very healthy” whale population with “a tendency toward increasing,” National Protected Natural Areas Commission, or Conanp, director in Baja California Sur Benito Bermudez said.

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