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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wildlife Photography - Whales in Baja, Mexico, Day 4

Just below the State of California in the United States lies Baja California, a part of Mexico with a very long, 'thin' peninsula stretching south for a few hundred miles. The Pacific Ocean is on the right and the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) is on the left. Along the southern part of Baja lies many lagoons and Gray whales have been visiting these waters and giving birth to calves for generations. In addition to Gray whales, Humpbacks, Minkes, Blues and even Sperm whales visit the sea and waters around the peninsula, although the most common species of whales one encounters are Grays and Humpbacks.

I didn't feel well yesterday. My body was aching all over and I felt very tired. Feels like I am coming down with something. The day did not start out well. The weather was dreadful, the whale action is, at best, fair. Saw only Humpbacks, no breachings, a couple of head lungeings, some flippering and flukes, that's all. To add insult to injury, I came down with motion sickness on the small boat. It doesn't happen often but once in a while I do get seasick. This happens to be one of those times. However, I saw something new on this trip - Rough-toothed Dolphins. Although I was too sick to do much photography. Let us hope my luck turns better and my body improves soon.

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