Whale of an appetite! In our own back yard.

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cid_78105532107022009-03aeEver watch a whale feed? We had quite the treat watching a Fin whale feed this week, just about two miles out in front of the Loreto Bay development two days ago.

The sea was thick with krill on the surface so he was having quite a feast. And thanks to Rafa spotting the whale and Pancho’s patience, I was able to get a few photos despite the bumpy conditions on our afternoon return to Loreto.

Grabbing a mouthful! see the baleen.
Grabbing a mouthful! see the baleen.
see the baleen.
extending and opening wide!

We were returning from a glorious morning of seeing Blue Whales. Blue whales of course being the largest and up to 108 feet and 190 tons; Fin Whales the second largest, up to 88 feet.

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Blue Whale just between the islands of Danzante, Carmen, and Monsarrat two days ago.

Scientists estimate that large baleen whales like Fin & Blue eat about 4% of their body weight each day during the feeding season. While Blue whales eat mostly krill, the Fin whales eat krill, copepods, squids, and variety of small schooling fishes. A blue whale eats up to 3,600 kg (8,000 lb.) of krill each day for about 120 days. It is estimated to take 1,000 kg (2,200 lb.) of food to fill a blue whale’s stomach. Learn more here http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/info-books/baleen/index.htm

Whether you go to the Pacific side and watch Grey’s and their babies or just head out in our own back yard for Blues, Fins, and Humpbacks….there is always a magical moment to be had on the sea. So get out there!! There are almost always our dolphin friends to play with….
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If you want to go with Pancho you can find him at www.casaloretobay.com/pancho This is the same fellow that Frank was so pleased with for his kayak trip. Dolphin Dive in Loreto also does a great job and Rafa runs that shop for Bruce and Susan. www.dolphindivebaja.com

Please contact me if you have any real estate needs, area questions, or simply want more photos! As someone who loves to share the magic of Loreto which I discovered 15 years ago, it would be my pleasure to help.

Deborah Scanlon
deborahs@loretobay.com
deborah@casaloretobay.com

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  • Loni Kao Stark

    Hi Deborah – Incredible photos. <br />
    <br />
    You have sold me on the idea of going whale watching while I'm down in Loreto. Now I just have to sell the idea to Clint :-).<br />
    <br />
    Thanks for the recommendations as well.<br />
    <br />
    You have so far inspired many of us to go hiking and whale watching. What's next?<br />
    <br />
    Loni

  • Hi Deborah – Incredible photos.

    You have sold me on the idea of going whale watching while I’m down in Loreto. Now I just have to sell the idea to Clint :-).

    Thanks for the recommendations as well.

    You have so far inspired many of us to go hiking and whale watching. What’s next?

    Loni

    • Loni, Good question! But maybe mixing a little bit of water and wine Mexican style??? ….LOL! We’ll see what gets inspired.

  • Hi Deborah – Incredible photos.

    You have sold me on the idea of going whale watching while I’m down in Loreto. Now I just have to sell the idea to Clint :-).

    Thanks for the recommendations as well.

    You have so far inspired many of us to go hiking and whale watching. What’s next?

    Loni

    • Deborah Scanlon

      Loni, Good question! But maybe mixing a little bit of water and wine Mexican style??? ….LOL! We’ll see what gets inspired.

  • Bob Pendock

    Awesome shots Deborah!<br />
    <br />
    I spotted several blue Whales to the North of Isla Monsarrat yesterday but my photos look nothing like these. My daughter Jenna was thrilled to see them along with a pod of at least 200 dolphins just east of Danzante. <br />
    <br />
    Spending the day on the water yesterday was truly magical for me and my family…I've finally convinced Mary Lou (my wife) that we should drag our boat from Shuswap Lake BC to Puerto Escondido. Wish me luck! :)<br />
    <br />
    Bob<br />
    <a href="http://www.liveloreto.com&quot; target="_blank"><a href="http://www.liveloreto.com</a>&quot; target="_blank">www.liveloreto.com</a></a>

  • Deborah Scanlon

    Loni, Good question! But maybe mixing a little bit of water and wine Mexican style??? ….LOL! We'll see what gets inspired.

  • Bob Pendock

    Awesome shots Deborah!

    I spotted several blue Whales to the North of Isla Monsarrat yesterday but my photos look nothing like these. My daughter Jenna was thrilled to see them along with a pod of at least 200 dolphins just east of Danzante.

    Spending the day on the water yesterday was truly magical for me and my family…I’ve finally convinced Mary Lou (my wife) that we should drag our boat from Shuswap Lake BC to Puerto Escondido. Wish me luck! :)

    Bob
    http://www.liveloreto.com

  • Bob Pendock

    Awesome shots Deborah!

    I spotted several blue Whales to the North of Isla Monsarrat yesterday but my photos look nothing like these. My daughter Jenna was thrilled to see them along with a pod of at least 200 dolphins just east of Danzante.

    Spending the day on the water yesterday was truly magical for me and my family…I’ve finally convinced Mary Lou (my wife) that we should drag our boat from Shuswap Lake BC to Puerto Escondido. Wish me luck! :)

    Bob
    http://www.liveloreto.com

  • Cathy Getman

    Deborah,<br />
    <br />
    Outstanding photos!!! It'll be a life-long dream come true for me when I finally get to see a blue whale. Maybe next year! In the meantime, I'll just enjoy your photos. Could you email me the blue whale shot if you don't mind? I'd love to use it as a screen-saver.<br />
    <br />
    Tks<br />
    Cathy

  • Cathy Getman

    Deborah,

    Outstanding photos!!! It’ll be a life-long dream come true for me when I finally get to see a blue whale. Maybe next year! In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy your photos. Could you email me the blue whale shot if you don’t mind? I’d love to use it as a screen-saver.

    Tks
    Cathy

  • Cathy Getman

    Deborah,

    Outstanding photos!!! It’ll be a life-long dream come true for me when I finally get to see a blue whale. Maybe next year! In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy your photos. Could you email me the blue whale shot if you don’t mind? I’d love to use it as a screen-saver.

    Tks
    Cathy

  • Carla Sanders

    Hi Deborah,<br />
    <br />
    What great pictures of the fin whales. I used your humpback fluke on the mural. It is beautiful. Thanks for all you help for my stay in Loreto, and thanks for sharing the gray whale day with me, too.

  • Carla Sanders

    Hi Deborah,

    What great pictures of the fin whales. I used your humpback fluke on the mural. It is beautiful. Thanks for all you help for my stay in Loreto, and thanks for sharing the gray whale day with me, too.

  • Carla Sanders

    Hi Deborah,

    What great pictures of the fin whales. I used your humpback fluke on the mural. It is beautiful. Thanks for all you help for my stay in Loreto, and thanks for sharing the gray whale day with me, too.