Oceans around the world are dominated by all manner of sea creatures from the billions of fish that live in it, sharks, crabs and of course the mighty whale. Whales have been around for over 50 million years and have been swimming the vast waters of the earth since then. Sadly, they have been declared endangered by scientists and researchers years ago.
That’s why you can imagine the excitement and surprise when these tourists encountered a whale back in 2012. The tourists visited the San Ignacio Lagoon located in the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. They were taking in the breath-taking ocean views on a small boat when they spotted this huge object floating nearby. Initially the tourists were hesitant, fearing that it would harm them until they realized it was just a mother whale and her child swimming over to say hello. Mama whale even pushed her child closer to the tourists in order for them to have a closer interaction.
Whales communicate depending on their kind. Some use melodic sounds, also known as “the whale song”, some just make clicking sounds and some use sonar (which is known to be very loud and can reach up to thousands of miles).
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Many whales tend to migrate depending on the season. They can swim hundreds of miles in groups or even alone, that’s why finding them in different places in the world is no surprise. During winter, they mostly swim to San Ignacio Lagoon to mate or give birth – between January through April.
If you happen to be in the area during that time, then you can expect to hear a loud “ooft” noise. That is the sound that whales make when they rise to the surface and exhale through their blow holes.
San Ignacio Lagoon is a popular spot for whale watching. Although tourists that flock there from time to time carry the possibility of scaring the sea creatures away, there are still an impressive number of whales that appear in that area. Whales are such gentle creatures!
Just a little fun fact: Did you know that whale tongues can weigh as much as an elephant.
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