California Gray Whales

The migration of gray whales from Siberian and Alaskan waters to the lagoons of Baja is an amazing animal event. In the calving grounds of Laguna Ojo de Liebre and Laguna San Ignacio, 700kg calves will draw their first breaths and begin learning the lessons of the sea from their ever-watchful mothers. The season is long but varies due to the fact that some whales arrive early in the Pacific lagoons, while others take weeks or months to round Land’s End and find their favorite bays in the Sea of Cortez.

Peak months to see mothers and calves in the lagoons are February to early April, but the official whale-watching season begins December 15 and lasts until April 15.

If you’ve got ballena (whale) fever, one of these destinations will provide a cure:

  • Laguna Ojo de Liebre (Scammon’s Lagoon)
  • Laguna San Ignacio
  • Puerto López Mateos
  • Puerto San Carlos