We arrive in the USA in early April and plan to spend a week before we start the PCT on a mini break visiting Baja, Mexico.
It is the end of whale season but we will still be going to look at some amazing Grey Whales on the Pacific coast and to seek out Blue Whales in the Bay of Cortez.
Grey Whales – Every winter, hundreds of Pacific gray whales return to their traditional breeding and birthing grounds in sheltered San Ignacio Lagoon on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Friendly and engaging, they are often intrigued with humans, swimming right up to open boats. We may see mothers “showing off” their babies! The Pacific gray whale migration from Alaska’s Bering Sea to the warm waters of Baja’s Pacific lagoons is the longest mammal migration on Earth. Nearly hunted to extinction in the past, these gentle giants have made a dramatic comeback and today show little fear.
Blue Whales – “The aquarium of the world” is how the great Jacques Cousteau referred to The Sea of Cortez. This sheltered, usually calm and sun kissed stretch of ocean lies between mainland Mexico and the stunningly beautiful and serene deserts and mountains of the Baja peninsular. It is little wonder that many species of great whales make this special bit of paradise a destination to give birth and nurse their calves in these warm and relatively predator free waters. Among these cetacean visitors is included the largest animal ever to live on the earth, the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus). They come to calve, mate and feed on the krill that blooms as the rich waters start to warm in the spring sunshine.
Research suggests that these blue whales are part of an Eastern Pacific population that frequents the waters from Chile to California. Spending 10 months of the year patrolling the deep ocean trenches of the Eastern Pacific.
Additional natural history experiences on the PCT are planned –
- Search for the Wolf in Yellowstone
- Oregon’s total Eclipse
- Paddling with Orca Vancouver Island