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While on a Whale Watching Tour, There Are Great Chances That You’ll Spot a Whale. Now You Can Try to Recognize the Species of Whale.  

At the start of every winter season, numerous species of Cetacean Order mammals start to migrate to warmer waters, which are located right off the Baja Peninsula.  These mammals are warm-blooded and air-breathing aquatic mammals. They’re divided into Baleen Whales and Toothed Whales – which also include dolphins. Both of these whales can be found in the waters surrounding Cabo San Lucas and can often be spotted during whale watching tours. Here are some of the most common whale species that are found in Cabo:

Gray Whales

The Gray Whale is one of the most common whale species to be seen around Cabo San Lucas and in the Sea of Cortez. It can grow to be up to 50-feet in length, and it can weigh up to 40 tons. They’re the only whales to bottom feed, which means that they filter tiny crustaceans from the seafloor. These whales prefer to be in shallower waters and typically birth, as well as nurse, their calves in protected lagoons.

Humpback Whales

While these aren’t as commonly seen during whale watching tours in Cabo San Lucas, they are spotted every once in a while. They typically migrate along the Pacific coast of North America, making their way to Mexico from the colder waters of Alaska. They do this to mate, birth, and nurse their calves in warm waters. In terms of height and weight, Humpback Whales are similar to Gray Whales, but they have less of a streamlined shape. They have dorsal fins and very distinctive ventral grooves that go from their jaws to their stomachs.

Blue Whales

These are considered to be the largest mammals in existence and were almost extinct due to extreme hunting. They’re rarely seen by the Baja Peninsula, and they can reach up to 100-feet in length and about 150 tons in weight.




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