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Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino

Listed under Whale Watching in Mexico.

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Grey whales, harbor seals, bottlenose dolphins and more of their aquatic mates can annually be seen frolicking down in El Vizcaino between December and April. The grey whales, which can be up to 40 tons, tend to steal the show- breeding, calving, and blubbering up their young in the two large lagoons, which are recognized as the main mating and breeding area for this type of whale. The sanctuary, which is protected by the Mexican government, is located between the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean and is the perfect vacation stop on the whales' 14,000 mile migration that begins each fall.

After a couple hundred years of hunting and coming too close to extinction, the grey whales were taken off the endangered species list in 1933. They're still not in the clear yet though- the whales and other species depend on the upkeep and safety of EL Vizcaino for their future.

Travel to the Baja Peninsula in the winter months to see this spectacular ecosystem in full swing. The government limits the number of visitors allowed out there per season in order to maintain the safety of the large sea animals, turtles, and birds- but if you plan ahead, you may even be lucky enough to get so close to a grey whale that you'll feel water spritz from it's blowhole!

Written by  teripang.

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“Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino”

'Located in the central part of the peninsula of Baja California, the sanctuary contains some exceptionally interesting ecosystems. The coastal lagoons of Ojo de Liebre and San Ignacio are important reproduction and wintering sites for the grey whale, h… Read more...

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