Re: humpbacks in bay
Posted by Dave Collins on March 9, 2010, 2:37 pm, in reply to "Re: humpbacks in bay"
I agree whole-heartedly with Deanna re. her comments. |
There are guidelines for responsible whale watching in Mexico that have been established by the Secretary of the Environment. Anyone wishing to offer whale watching commercially would definitely be advised to seek the proper permits through SEMARNAT and adhere to the guidelines.
La Laguna de San Ignacio on the Baja is probably the best examples of successful commercial whale watching in Mexico (Grey Whales in this case) and the world. It is highly controlled, as in no one is even allowed to enter the lagoon in any type of craft without a licensed guide. That would probably never happen here unless we suddenly experienced a great influx of nursing Humpback whales, which I doubt will occur, but who knows... There does seem to be a noticeable increase in nursing whale activity this year, which gives me great gusto.
Personally, I´m guilty of getting too close to a mother and baby on my stand-up paddle board, but I don´t think I stressed them out considering my relatively small size and lack of motor. I, however, did stress out a bit when they surfaced right next to me. I´ve got a wonderful photo of the incident which I´d be happy to share.
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