a week with whales

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the mighty fluke

   It all started on Tuesday when I ran out to go fishing after three days of the port being closed due to high winds and seas. Near the Copalita rivermouth I saw a huge humpback whale in 50' of water, no more than a 1/4 mile from the beach. As I cruised a little farther offshore, I saw a boat watching something and assumed it was another humpback. As I got closer I saw the largest dorsal fin I'd ever seen in my life cutting the water. Orcas! I'd heard they visited Huatulco every now and then, but thought it was myth and rumor. It was a family, with a bodacious big momma, a junior, and a cute little porpoise-sized baby.  As I watched them, I noticed a pair of turtles mating nearby and overhead a peregrine falcon was attacking a petrel. Nature gone berserk! There were also eagle rays all over the ocean doing double backflips out of the water. On the way in I saw another humpback whale or two in the distance.

   Two days later I took my Canadian visiting friend Rolf out and we saw no less than four humpback whales in the space of an hour. Today I saw a group that I finally got to photograph - of course I forgot my camera the first two times - including a calf. Much as I'm awed by humpbacks, I really really want to see the orcas again. I thought Huatulco had blown my mind in every way possible in the last few years, but apparently it still has some surprises in store for me.

hirondellenhi says:
jen and I talked and planned a million time but our time didn't work! will there be other wildlife in end of july or august? would 1 week give me a good taste? (i know longer is better but i dunno if i can if longer.)
Posted on: Jan 20, 2010
Hurch says:
yup, jan-march is pretty much the time. probably more jan-feb. depends a lot on how cold the water is, they seem to come in close a lot more often when the water gets colder. I hope you visit, nhi! people talk about it, but they never do...
Posted on: Jan 19, 2010
hirondellenhi says:
hic...so the whales would typically pass by around jan-march in huatulco? i'm gonna find all resources available to visit you soon! your nature blogs are just eating me away!
Posted on: Jan 19, 2010
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the mighty fluke
the mighty fluke
lil shy wave
li'l shy wave
thats why theyre a humpback
that's why they're a humpback
incomprehensible photo of baleen i…
incomprehensible photo of baleen …
less shy wave
less shy wave
flipper and head...I think
flipper and head...I think
makin flippy floppy
makin flippy floppy
baby got back
baby got back
the last goodbye
the last goodbye
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