Lucky Tourists Get to Play With Baby Gray Whales on Tour

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: July 22, 2022
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Let me take you on an adventure to Guerrero Negro Lagoon in Baja, California. Guerrero Negro is one of those areas that would receive very few tourists if it weren’t for something incredibly exceptional. However, it appears that Guerrero Negro does possess something very special. The beautiful gray whales arrive to bear their young in the nearby lagoons from January to the middle of April.

During the whale viewing season, Guerrero Negro becomes extremely busy. After the video you’re about to see, you’ll understand why people flock from all over the country to get a glimpse at these precious creatures. 

There are plenty of whale-watching tours that will take visitors directly out onto the water to possibly have an intimate encounter with grey whales. One person who experienced this had this to say about their trip, “Once in a lifetime opportunity! Lucio, our captain, was the first one to spot some beautiful, kind, playful grey whales up close and personal. They swam all around us, leaped up, and looked at us, and I even was able to pet one! Truly breathtaking!”

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A baby gray whale with one eye visible sticks its head out of the ocean
A newborn gray whale weighs about a ton!

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Speaking of being up close and personal with these animals, one tourist uploaded a video to share with the world how incredible it is to be so close to such a majestic creature. While they’re out on the boat, a baby grey whale swims right up to the boat, almost like greeting a new friend. 

Calves are 14 to 16 feet long and weigh around 2,000 pounds when they are born. Although the gray whale’s average and maximum life spans are unknown, one female’s age at death was estimated to be between 75 and 80 years old. These huge whales may reach lengths of 49 feet and weighs 90,000 pounds as adults.

This youngster even popped its head out of the water for some cuddles from the tourists on the boat. He doesn’t seem afraid, in fact, he appears to be just as intrigued by the humans as they are by him. 

Calves are normally born with dark gray coats that gradually become brownish-gray or light gray as they age. All gray whales have lighter spots across their coats. On their bodies, they have whale lice and barnacles, with larger densities on the head and tail.

Towards the end of the footage, we get a chance to see momma appear as well! Her head pops up next to the calves and we get a good idea of just how large these creatures are. While we can’t quite imagine being there in person, this video provides a front-row seat! 

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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