These pictures are in order, as it happened. The whole thing took 20-30 minutes.
We woke up Sunday morning and found it wasn’t windy, so we went to see the whales. Gray Whales come to Bahia Magdalena to have their babies, and somehow the whales have decided that people need to be involved.
We just motored our little dingy 3 miles into the middle of the blow-clouds, shut off the 2-horse Honda, and waited. There were roughly 20 whales around us.
We were there early, so there weren’t many tourists. Just us and the panga Chugy and a film crew. I don’t know if they were filming a documentary or a movie, or what, but it was pretty incredible to watch this guy wave his arms and whistle and yell “Venga-venga” or “Arriba-arriba” and the whales would swim right up to his boat. They’d push his boat and roll on their backs and wallow around like puppies.
(Edit: The guy’s name is Crispin, apparently. Here’s his site: http://magdalenabaywhales.com/whoweare.html)
Pretty soon things quieted down and we started to leave. Then we saw a momma headed for us. We shut down the motor and waited.
We went home happy. Hopefully we’ll have more great days with the whales later when the winds die down again.
Remember to click on the pictures to see bigger versions.
We’re sitting in Playa Pichilingue with some cell coverage, good internet, and the playoff games on the TV in good old-fashioned snowy analog with Spanish commentary.
We’ve fueled up and checked out and are making for Magdalena Bay on the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of Baja, California. Grey Whales come from Alaska, Canada, and Puget Sound to have their calves there, and apparently they’re so pumped on oxytocin that they just love everyone and everyboat and they just want to show off their new babies. We’ll see.
From Mag Bay, we’ll head south to the Puerto Vallarta area. We may leave in a day or two, or maybe in a month or two. Plans are vague. We may or may not have internet or cell in Mag Bay, but we always have the Iridium phone if you need to get in touch.
We may show up on www.marinetraffic.com during the next little while. If we don’t, don’t panic. It’s just Mexico.