Many people come from all over the world to Guerrero Negro, San Ignacio or Bahia Magdalena, all located on the West Coast just a few hours from Loreto, Baja California Sur. The shallow and protected waters of these bays provide an ideal spot for birthing and nursing calves. Up Close Encounters with these giants are extremely common and make Memories of a lifetime.
However, right out in front of our little town of Loreto, the majestic Blue Whales who spend their spring here each year. Also here are the Fin and Humpback Whales, These past few weeks many visitors were extremely lucky to get up close and personal to these mammals that are larger than even the biggest dinosaurs. They can measure 80 to 100 ft, and weigh up to 55 to 165 tons.
The Blue Whale lives 80 to 90 years and spend their time cruising around all the oceans of the world...except the Artic. I can relate to them not liking the freezing cold!!
Calves enter the world already ranking among the planet's largest creatures. After about a year inside its mother's womb, a baby blue whale emerges weighing up to 3 tons and stretching to 25 feet. It gorges on nothing but mother's milk and gains about 200 pounds every day for its first year.
Blue whales are the largest animals ever to live on our planet. They feed almost exclusively on krill, straining huge volumes of ocean water through their baleen plates (which hang from the roof of the mouth and work like a sieve). Some of the biggest individuals may eat up to 6 tons of krill a day.
Whales can only breathe through their blowholes. When they are about to dive deep down into the water, they fill their lungs with air. When they come back to the surface to breathe, they expel the air with force ... It makes the whales look like they are squirting water!
Blue whales became endangered in 1970. The Blue whale was driven to extinction by commercial whaling in the 1800s and early 1900s. ... And in 1970, blue whales were officially listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Conservation Act, the predecessor to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
It is estimated that only 10,000 to 25,000 Blue Whales remain as of 2020. I hope you visit us this time next year and see them up close and personal for yourself!
Have a great week!
Rocky The Realtor