2008 Life at Campo Cortez
February 19, 2008
Naturalist report 1
We have had some wonderful interactions with a few different Cow/calves in the lagoon. We have one pair in particular we have named the calve “Katy 2.5”. This was because every time we were in the boat named “Katy 2”, this Cow/calve would come to the boat. By the end of the week we had guests fighting over who would ride in Katy 2 because it was the magic whale attracter! The baby, Katy 2.5 is about 5 weeks old and just full of life. She teases us by staying just out of reach as guests are hanging over the boat trying to pet her. Then she will suddenly lunge forward with her seemingly large grin, eyes bright and locked on the boat and people she is flirting with. She is a joy to watch and interact with. Mom is a bit shy and keeps close tabs on baby but mom once in a while comes in for some pets too. It’s amazing to see how close the bond is between mother and baby. We all are moved the way the baby whales slide across mom’s back and are constantly touching mom. Sometimes when the baby is at the side of the boat, mom is just under the surface, watching with a cautious eye. We have watched this same Mom/calve – when it was time for them to move on – suddenly mom porpoised out of the water, dove with her huge fluke next to the boat then breached only once just a little ways out from the boats. Such an incredible display of strength and protection for her calve. We all were in awe of the power and beauty of this whale.
Camp life has been fun with lots of wonderful guests. But Baja is a lot colder I think than many of the guests anticipated and folks are needing their sleeping bags plus two blankets!
Well, enjoy the photos, all for now!