The Smallest Biggest Animal

03-10-2015

By Paulino Perez, Safari Endeavour

Aboard the Safari Endeavour this past week, we took a deep dive below the surfaced on a Marine Biology theme cruise. While learning about the magical underwater world from our special guest host, we were treated to a most incredible marine life sighting. We had the fortune to observe a baby blue whale.

Whale comparison from WikiCommons

Blue whales are the largest animals on earth and when this baby is full grown, it will weigh between 100-150 tons and its heart will be the size of a Volkswagon Beetle. Blue whales are known to spout the tallest blow, up to nearly 40 feet high and on average, they eat 4 tons of krill every day. They are also illusive, traveling solo or in groups just 2 or 3 and disappearing for up to 20 minutes at a time on deep dives for feeding. So, anytime we have the opportunity to watch these magnificent mammals in their natural state, its an unforgettable treat and its a particularly incredible experience at this time of year when momma blue whales are raising their young.

Baby blue whale

The level of excitement this week was especially high since, for many of our guests, this was the first time they had ever seen whales in the wild. Keeping the boat as still as possible so as not to disturb the pair, we watched the mother and calf gently rise to the surface around us as the baby blue whale learned to maneuver. To make this moment even more special, we viewed the whales from the deck of the Safari Endeavour while the sun set over the Sierra de la Giganta. It was a magical week in Baja!



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