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2011-02-22 Whales

Whale Watching Guerrero Negro

The gray whale is a dark slate-gray in color and covered by characteristic gray-white patterns, scars left by parasites which drop off in its cold feeding grounds. Individual whales are typically identified using photographs of their dorsal surface and matching the scars and patches associated with parasites that have fallen off the whale or are still attached.

Gray whales measure from 16 feet (4.9 m) in length for newborns to 45 feet (14 m) for adult females (which tend to be slightly larger than adult males). Newborns are a darker gray to black in color. A mature gray whale can reach 40 tonnes (39 LT; 44 ST).

They have two blowholes on top of their head, which can create a distinctive V-shaped blow at the surface in calm wind conditions.

Notable features that distinguish the gray whale from other mysticetes include its baleen that is variously described as cream, off-white, or blond in color and is unusually short. Small depressions on the upper jaw each contain a lone stiff hair, but are only visible on close inspection. Its head's ventral surface lacks the numerous prominent furrows of the related rorquals, instead bearing two to five shallow furrows on the throat's underside. The gray whale also lacks a dorsal fin, instead bearing several dorsal "knuckles", which are 6 to 12 raised bumps on the midline of its rear quarter, leading to the flukes. The tail itself is 10–12 feet (3.0–3.7 m) across and deeply notched at the center while its edges taper to a point.

Whale Watching Guerrero Negro Baja Mexico 02-22-2011

Playing with the whales is an experience you will never forget.  We have some videos that we think are awesome and when we get to a place where we can upload them we will.

Whale Watching