Baja is known for the gray whales, but we have other 8 whale species including the Humpback, Killer whale, Seri, Minke, Pilot, Gray, and the largest mammal in the world, Blue Whale. When visiting Loreto you cannot miss the opportunity to take one of the most popular tours in the region. As Loreto is one of the few places in the world that allows the sighting of the Blue Whale, during the last years it has become an ideal place for those who want to live the experience of seeing a giant marine animal.
You have the opportunity to approach these magnificent creatures and see them in their natural habitat, as close as you have ever imaged. Enjoying the spectacular whale watching.
You will not find Blue Whales in groups very often. These whales tend to be the loners from the whale species. Sometimes you'll see a couple of them, but no more than that. Most of the time they will be mother and baby. Sometimes, however, they may appear to form great clans. They can only remain under water for about 20 minutes before they come to the surface for air. As a result, they are very often spotted for whale watching.
Visitors from other states and foreign countries are amazed by this spectacular experience, to the degree that several of them get overexcited and begin to shout or cry letting their emotions flow, some of these visitors come from places where the sea does not exist. Accomplishing one of their bucket-list dreams, being able to admire the Blue Whale, not many people have the luxury of this experience.
Did you know that whales have a long season when it comes to the breeding process? It begins in late autumn and extends through the winter. Researchers do not have much information on the process used to find a partner but a female will have a baby every two to three years. Females mature at about 10 years of age and males around 12 years of age. The young are about 23 feet long at birth and can weigh up to three tons, these could sometimes be spotted in Loreto.
The good news is that conservation efforts have been in place for the Blue Whale since the mid-1960s. The numbers are now about 12,000 individuals. Some experts believe there may be more of them. This is due to some possible sightings throughout the Arctic region, where they once were very common. A Blue Whale can live a very long life, up to 80 years in the wild if these conservation efforts are followed.