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janecruise September 4th, 2009 04:19 PM

Cabo San Lucas & whales
 
Hi All!!
I found what looks to be a cruise I'd like to go on. Leaves San Diego on 12/26 and returns on 12/31. Anybody ever go on the whale excursion? Or know what the weather will be like. Will it be warm enough to swim in Cabo or even on the ship?

I'd appreciate any tips or info. thanks!

Chuck Palm September 4th, 2009 08:43 PM

The weather will be fairly nice and yes, swimming is a likely option. The weather will be a bit chilly in L.A. but will warm up the closer you get to Cabo.

Parrot Mom September 4th, 2009 08:52 PM

WHALE WATCH
 
THAT WOULD be breeding season and you MAY OR MAY NOT see them.we were on whale watch several years ago and didn't see a darn thing, but and a big BUT they were out there cavorting.. we are so used to going on whale watches to see the gentle giants that we were quite disappointed.. we have seen more off the coast of Maine and MA..

zydecocruiser September 5th, 2009 01:33 AM

It is also calving season.

Didn't do a ship tour, but here are some whale watching/snorkeling/boozing pictures from February, 2008. Water was cool but bearable. It would be warmer in December.

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/pride_0...snorkeling.htm

I called them humpbacks in the pictures, but who knows (not me) they could be gray whales.

Cruznut2 September 5th, 2009 03:12 AM

Hey Parrot Mom! I went on many whale watching cruises from Gloucester with the Yankee Fleet. Great fun and always saw whales. sometimes they came so close to the boat we could have touched them.
We saw whales from Puerto Vallarta in February 2007.

Laura

Parrot Mom September 5th, 2009 08:13 AM

GLOUCESTER
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Cruznut2
Hey Parrot Mom! I went on many whale watching cruises from Gloucester with the Yankee Fleet. Great fun and always saw whales. sometimes they came so close to the boat we could have touched them.
We saw whales from Puerto Vallarta in February 2007.

Laura

HI LAURA.. Gloucester is such a fun place. The very, very first whale watch we did was with an old crusty captain..in a now what I realize was a small boat (compared to the newer ones).. and he told us to bang the side of the boat.. WHO KNEW!! WE DID.. and a whale came right up to us to see what we were doing? What a thrill.. They are such gentle giants.. curious about us as we are about them.. In Cabo when we went out and the Captain asked how we liked the tour...I looked at him and told him to come to where we live.. Cape, Boston and I can show him whales... we never saw one.. What I think they do now in Mexico and Alaska is go out in huge rubber boats to get closer to the whales.. THAT would be illegal in New England.. We did for a while "Adopt" a whale..Stubb. he wintered off the coast of the Dominican Repubic..near Samana.. Now...there is a huge White Shark off the coast of the Cape...pretty darn dangerous.. feeding on the seals..

zydecocruiser September 5th, 2009 11:19 AM

There are rules when whale watching, but the boat is irrelevant. You are supposed to keep a minimum distance from them, for example.

I've been whale watching from small boats in Hawaii, but this was our boat in Mexico - hardly a speed demon:

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/pride_0...c/IMG_2093.JPG

And a Mexican whale:

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/pride_0...c/IMG_2269.JPG

The boat in Alaska

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/Carniva...2/DSC00689.JPG

And an Alaska whale(s):

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/Carniva...2/DSC00929.JPG

The whales are seasonally in Mexico - it is not a myth.

Parrot Mom September 5th, 2009 03:06 PM

RULES OF WHALE WATCHING
 
First. our first whale watch was way,way before it became popular, probably at least thirty years ago... and the most important thing is...SOMEBODY TELL THE WHALES..LOL The big danger to whales now are the nylon ropes (a Right Whale has just been freed here in MA) and their running or being in the way of cruise ships..

zydecocruiser September 5th, 2009 06:49 PM

By-catch is the number one danger followed by hunting.

You can make a reservation for a whale watching tour, but not for the whales themselves. Some do guarantee you will see at least one whale or receive a rebate of some of your cost.

Sometimes the whales just like to hide and count the number of tourists that can't understand why the whales aren't leaping into the boat 7x24.

Other times it is the weather or other factors.

But persistence pays off...

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/pride_0...1/IMG_1385.JPG

Parrot Mom September 5th, 2009 07:05 PM

SPECIALLY TRAINED PEOPLE
 
HERE in MA if a whale is tangled by p erhaps fishing ropes..there is a specially trained crew that goes out and risking their own lives tries to untie them....if they dont the poor things can die of starvation.. Don't think there is any guarantee given that you will see a whale.. the Coast Guard has just today tagged two white sharks off Chatham..where people still insist upon going in the waters.

zydecocruiser September 5th, 2009 07:21 PM

Here is an example of a tour company that guarantees you will see a whale. I don't know of any in Mexico, but also haven't looked.

http://www.allenmarinetours.com/sigh...ing/index.html


I wonder if Great Whites make good eating?

katlady September 6th, 2009 12:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zydecocruiser
By-catch is the number one danger followed by hunting.

You can make a reservation for a whale watching tour, but not for the whales themselves. Some do guarantee you will see at least one whale or receive a rebate of some of your cost.

Sometimes the whales just like to hide and count the number of tourists that can't understand why the whales aren't leaping into the boat 7x24.

Other times it is the weather or other factors.

But persistence pays off...

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/pride_0...1/IMG_1385.JPG

Great whale pictures. Was this whale in Alaska or Mexico. We have taken whale watching tours in Feburary at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and at the end of May in Icy Strait Point, Alaska. We were lucky to see whales both times. Cabo San Lucas tour had a whale guarantee that was in 2003 with a princess shore excurision.

zydecocruiser September 6th, 2009 01:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zydecocruiser

Thank you.

This one was Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Paul Motter September 6th, 2009 12:07 PM

I am pretty sure the peak Mexico whale season is January to March. They migrate north in the summer. You can even go whale watching from Catalina at certain times of the year. I love whale watching.


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