Comparison of different whale watching dates
is a brief comparison of what you might expect to see at Laguna Ojo de
Liebre during different whale watching dates. This comparison is
not an absolute guideline because we deal with wild animals in a wild
and uncontrolled environment. Seasons change, weather fluctuates,
animal behavior seems to alter from year to year. Through it all
the gray whales and Baja Jones return to Laguna Ojo de Liebre year
after year. I first made this chart in 2002. A couple
things have been added or changed. Those changes are in red below so you can see how my observations have changed with time.
number of whales present
of major whale activities
100 to 200 Whales scattered. No large groupings of whales.
hormones. Many mating pairs and trios. Lots of
really explosive mating activity. Some mothers with
very young babies.
They are still recovering from giving birth and 5000 mile trip.
babies breeching, still too young.
Some adult breeching probably
as part of mating activity.
No close encounters
to 600 probably more. First groupings or clumps noticable
lots of mating activity. Thrashing and splashing rules the day.
More mother/babies laying around. Still some babies showing
pub nose look.
babies breeching, still too young.
Some adult breeching.
Lots of juvenile (1 to 4
year olds) breeching
Some close encounters/ 50%
of trips onto water experience close approach
1000 to 1200 population seems to be stabilizing
has tapered off, but still some. Babies now larger. No
baby half breech observed on February 6th.
Many juvenile breeches.
Close encounters increase
in frequency, 50% of trips have close approach
1000 to 1500
For several years now the whale
count has been higher at around 1500 to 2000+ whales inside Laguna Ojo
de Liebre. The 2014 baby count was 900+. When I compiled this chart in
2002 the maximum count for baby whales would have been 200 - 300.
mating observed. Some false mating with immature males chasing
any female including mothers with babies.
We have been seeing mating into
late February. In 2014 we did not see any mating taking place in
March. But some of the mating groups were still hanging around into
of baby breeching, but only half out of water. They haven't
developed strength for more.
Still many juvenile breeches.
Almost no adult breeching
Close encounters common
to 1500 and numbers steadily declining now.
mating observed. Still some false mating may be taking place.
Babies really getting big. Mom's have difficulty keeping control
between babies has started. Play times similar to that when
puppies tumble and roll. The first baby to breech almost out
of the water was seen on February 24th.
- about half of peak census
now must work to keep babies away from the pangas if baby wants to
baby breeching. Much socializing with groups of up to 4 to 6
babies playing together.
to 600with a steadily decreasing count.
mothers and babies remaining. Most solo whales have now left
whales have moved to the outer portion of the inner observation area.
Nursery area is empty.
This year, 2014 there were still a hundred whales or more inside observation area 3 near our camp at March 23 - 27 trip date.
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