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In San Ignacio Lagoon, Mexico, the Whales Are So Close You Could Kiss Them

Alice Short - The Los Angeles Times
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June 6, 2016

Kuyimá la Aventura (DAREL144)

There are whale people — and then there's the rest of the world.

Whale people don't always signal their status, although some can be seen sporting fluke earrings or T-shirts with sayings such as  "I speak whale." If you need to find a member of the Cetacean Nation in a crowd, you need only mutter: "I'm going on a whale-watching trip where you get to watch mothers and babies frolicking nearby."  

Dissolution into a puddle of goo will follow.

I had a chance to join their ranks in March at Kuyimá Eco-Lodge, a "whale camp" at San Ignacio Lagoon, about 560 miles south of Tijuana on the Pacific side of Baja California. I emerged a convert, but I don't think I'm going to be wearing the T-shirt.

Statement-making clothing doesn't do justice to watching gray whales as they spy-hop (a feat that vaguely resembles treading water) and open their mouths to have their tongues scratched. It  was strange — otherworldly — and, in the end, enthralling.

Read the rest at The Los Angeles Times

Related: Floating Through Mexico’s Marine Playground (Press and Journal)

Related: Whales Can Still Be Watched This Summer (The World)

  Check out Deep Blue Conservancy

  Check out The Western Ecological Society

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