Gray whale watching
Every winter, Ensenada is fortunate to be on the way of the beautiful gray whale as they migrate, from the cold waters of Alaska to Baja California, in the search for warm waters to give birth to their calves.
From December 26th through March 31st there are whale watching tours at Ensenada where you can also appreciate other species like sea lions, dolphins, pelicans, among others.
This king of the sea, eschrichtius robustus, can grow to about 50 feet long and weigh approximately 80 thousand pounds. Their flippers are broad, paddle-shaped, and pointed at the tips. Their tail flukes are more than 15 feet wide, they have S-shaped trailing edges, and a deep median notch. Calves are born dark gray and lighten as they age to brownish-gray or light gray.
Frequently, gray whales are observed traveling alone or in small groups. They are very inobtrusive at the surface, sometimes, referred to as ‘breathing rocks’. When feeding, make sharp turns in shallow water and may raise pectoral fins or tail flukes out of the water, giving the impression that the whale is struggling or stranded.
Gray whales become sexually mature at an average of eight years old. After a year or more of gestation, they give birth to a single calf. Newborn calves are nearly 14 to 15 feet long and weigh about two thousand pounds.