The Great Gray Whale Migration to Magdalena Bay though Eco Camping!

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The excellent Gray Whale Migration to Magdalena Bay in the Baja is a correct organic wonder. It occurs yearly, the Gray Whales come from the Bering Strait and Alaska to the warmer waters of the Baja in order to mate and raise their calves. These awesome mammals come to warmer waters to mate, and the gestation period for these whales is 12 months, so when they return the subsequent year, some mamas are providing birth though other people are mating. The peak of this gray whale migration is January to March of every year. Red Travel Mexico and I co-sponsored a further trip collectively this year, our final one particular was also to the Baja, and it was a fabulous knowledge!

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On the boat ride to Magdalena Bay, I caught a couple of images of pelicans beside the boat. I enjoy pelicans, they are just so cool!

The trip for the Magdalena Bay Whale Watching Season had been in the operates for rather a though. The trip was combined with La Paz Whale Sharks, Espiritu Santo Sea Lions, and eco camping in Magdalena Bay. Truthfully, I am not seriously a great deal of a camper though I enjoy adventure and nature. I want my amenities, like my personal private bathroom and shower. Red Travel Mexico’s Eco Camp was a fantastic surprise for me, and I want to go once more, only longer! Eco Camping is amazing! And no, I didn’t have a private bathroom or shower.

Magdalena Bay is surrounded by sand dunes and mangroves, and I had under no circumstances noticed this atmosphere prior to this trip. It was magnificent. The eco camp was up in the dunes, with awesome views of the bay and of the dunes. The location was staked out, exactly where you could stroll, and exactly where you couldn’t stroll. It is pretty significant not to harm the organic atmosphere of the dunes of Magdalena Bay. So permit me to show you the layout of Red Travel Mexico‘s Eco Camp!

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Coming up the hill from the boat and bay you saw my tent initial, named Ballena.
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Every single tent had a mat to maintain the sand off your feet and two chairs to delight in the view, with shade.
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A rather fabulous view of Magdalena Bay, wouldn’t you agree? It is the view from my tent patio.
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I loved my tent, Ballena!
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Every single tent had two beds and a dresser, and a chamber pot (in case you required to pee in the middle of the evening and didn’t want to stroll to the bathroom tent!). The whole tent has a mat so sand is not blowing and having into almost everything.

So there was the row of guest tents, and two wash basins about the circle of the camp. There have been two bathroom tents, and they have been awesome. There was the dining tent, and that is exactly where every person could hang out, appear at books, play cards, and of course, consume our meals. The only power was solar power, and an emergency backup battery. There have been lots of solar lamps and lanterns to light the way in the dark of evening. I was hoping to see coyotes, but didn’t glimpse one particular. We all kept the tents tightly zipped so the coyotes wouldn’t slip in, seeking for meals.

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This is a bucket compost toilet that makes use of wood chips, or sawdust, alternatively of water. There was a massive shell to cover waste with the sawdust, and there was under no circumstances, ever, an odor. When complete, the buckets are sent to the mainland, treated for bacteria, then composted into soil! Fairly cool!
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Right here is one particular of the washbasins and you can see the eco camp staked out.
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The fantastic bathing tent! The wood floors have been so cool and no sand in the cracks at all! They brought hot water in the massive bowl for a ladle shower.
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Tons of area for towels, clothing even sitting. I could have stayed in the bathing tent for hours.

Ahead of heading out for a whale watch in Magdalena Bay, our guide showed us a map of Magdalena Bay. It is on the Pacific side of the Baja, but as you can see, the location is protected and rather shallow. Predators do not generally go into these waters, enabling the Gray Whale calves a possibility to receive some maturity just before the extended migration back north. Orcas, or Killer Whales, are a key predator of whale calves. Everyone has to consume, correct? These calves are so valuable, but so are the killer whale calves. As Musafa says, it is a circle of life. (from the Lion King!)

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You can see how protected Magdalena Bay is. It is not an uncomplicated location for predators to negotiate.

So, immediately after breakfast, we went seeking for adventure, and Magdalena Bay was very windy. A young man on the boat was named Jack, and I referred to as him “Jack Sparrow”. It was so entertaining to have a 12 year old along! He became pretty excited at any sighting, just like yours actually and my buddy Carol from Wayfaring Views! Dolphins are typical in Magdalena Bay, but they seldom come as well close. I managed a bit of video of them close to the boat. It reminds me of some thing a whale shark researcher told me in Mozambique when I was there on a volunteer trip. He stated, “Dolphins are bastards.” You can picture my reaction! But he’s correct, they tease you by coming close, you get your camera, and then they disappear or go far away. Very same with attempting to snorkel with them. They come in close, you get in the water and boom! No much more dolphins. Bastards! LOL.

Back to the whales! Right here is a video I managed to take, and you will see a element exactly where mama blows at the surface, then dives. I place my GoPro Hero 7 Black as deep in the water as I could, up to my shoulder, and caught her and infant headed below our boat. Valuable!

Whilst you are watching, subscribe to my channel, Tam Warner Minton! I’m not National Geographic however, but there’s lots of cool content material.

To summarize Magdalena Bay, I have to say I ought to go back. And remain longer. The wind in the Baja can alter day to day, and we had higher winds the two days we have been out there. It is just the way it is. Remain longer, and you have a far better possibility to have a calm day. Plus, Red Travel Mexico also has a Turtle Plan combined with Whale Watching, and that is the subsequent trip I’m performing with them! I completely enjoyed whale watching season in Magdalena Bay. And that was the second element of our trip, the Whale Shark Adventure was initial, and we had a best day for that!

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Carol Guttery and I had a ball! Do not overlook to study her weblog, Wayfaring Views!

Remain tuned for our adventure at Isla Espiritu Santo, snorkeling with sea lions! And do not overlook to verify out our awesome trip to Cabo Pulmo final year with Red Travel Mexico.

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