Whale Watching in Puerto Lopez
Trip Start Jun 27, 2008
73Trip End Ongoing
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In the morning I asked around to find out which boat company was the most environmentally conscientious. I had heard that some tour companies don't care about the animals and they just try to give the guests the best possible show... often times chasing the whales. Some scientists are concerned that the tourist boats will end up having a negative impact on the whales and I didn't want to be a part of that so finding a good company was important to me. I would much rather be further from the whales than to think that I might be harming them in any way!
Everyone that I had asked pointed me to the same tourist company. Luckily I got to the office right before a boat was departing! The owner told me there was a 30% chance of seeing the whales. The last few trips were unsuccessful- after all it was the end of the season. I went with an optimistic heart... I would be really happy to see just a back of a whale as he surfaced for air.
And guess what??? Within 45 minutes I saw my first whale. It was from a fair distance but I could clearly see the whale surface. This was so exciting and I couldn't help but let out a little shriek. J I was thrilled. But that wasn't all I would get to see... because right after the first sighting there was another, and then another... and another!
Blow holes were so close to our boat that I could hear the "phhhhew" of the air coming through as they exhaled! That is a sound that I will not soon forget.
I was so thrilled to see whale's tails come up out of the ocean... and then I got the biggest gift of all- a magnificent HUGE whale breached in full only 20-30 feet away! My heart leapt to my throat and I felt tears well up in the corners of my eyes because I was so moved by his profound beauty. This was truly one of the most pristine moments in my life.
I opted not to take photos during this trip because I didn't want to be distracted with my camera... sorry there are no pictures!!!
However, I did take photos of the town. I hope you enjoy them!