FUN-travel: Baja Wilderness & Whale Adventure – Guerrero Negro – Day 5 – AM Tour

March 20, 2015 by  

Laguna Ojo de Leibre – Morning Excursion to Outer Lagoon

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  • The cloudless skies with endless bright sun escaped us this morning, as the marine layer was thick and dense when we awoke. And when we realized that it was 7:15 and not 6:15 (my phone never registered our location) we flew out of bed. We were scheduled to leave at 8:00 and fortunately Sophia was still preparing our breakfast of huevos rancheros and refried beans.
  • By 8:30 our van arrived and we were headed to the outer lagoon for our first boat tour of the day. On the way we had to stop to get wrist bands and were required to sit through a presentation about whales.

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  • It was a much shorter drive than yesterday and we had a dock today. By 9:30 we were motoring off. Sand dunes hugged the shoreline and rose higher and higher before abruptly dropping off to sea level as we ventured farther out into the vast lagoon. One lone sea lion on the shore provided a stark contrast.
  • Once again our boat captain used his gut and decided when to shut the motor off. We sat quietly and waited to see if any whales would appear close by. Every 10 to 15 seconds you could see spouts and whale’s spyhopping in every direction as far as the eye could see. It wasn’t long before we were treated to another mother and her inquisitive calf. They teased us for well over thirty minutes circling around and under our boat with the occasional popping up for a pet.

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  • By 11:30 we were headed back with a stop at the salt factory for a quick tour. Then it was a short drive to Casa Laguna. We were so ready to chow down on our lunch of “just caught” fresh fish tacos with hot homemade flour and corn tortillas. More sumptuous salsa too!

FUN-fact – When spyhopping, the whale rises and holds position partially out of the water. It is controlled and slow, and can last for minutes at a time if the whale is sufficiently inquisitive about whatever (or whomever) it is viewing.

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