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The Places You'll Go: San Ignacio Lagoon

  • Date: 08 October 2012
  • Author: Marsea Nelson, WWF Travel
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The Pacific gray whale migration from Alaska’s Bering Sea to the warm waters of Baja’s lagoons is the longest mammal migration on Earth. San Iganacio Lagoon become home to thousands of whales every year.

Where: Mexico’s Baja Peninsula

What’s there: Gray whales—lots of them. They travel each year from Alaska’s Bering Sea to the warm waters of Baja’s lagoons in the longest mammal migration on Earth. In the warm, protected waters of the lagoon, they birth and breed.

Why it’s notable: Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 gray whales come into the lagoon each season, with the busiest time occurring at the end of February through the beginning of March. Tourism in the lagoon is extremely well-regulated, and whale watching boats are not allowed to pursue whales. However, approximately 10 percent of the whales are considered “friendly” and will approach the boat, at times coming close enough for visitors to touch them.

How you’ll get there: During our Extraordinary Whales of Baja tour, you’ll travel 6 hours from Loreto, Mexico, to San Ignacio Lagoon. Unique “whale cabana” accommodations at the edge of the lagoon are a special feature of the trip.

Keep your eyes peeled for: In addition to whales, the lagoon is a haven for birds. You may also see sea turtles.

Join a WWF tour to see whales in Baja.

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