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When is Whale Season in Rocky Point?

Believe it or not, Puerto Penasco is one of the best places you could go for whale watching. The Sea of Cortez seems to have something to offer most of the animals, or mammals that live in the ocean. After grey whales have filled up on massive amounts of krill that come to the surface in the Bering Sea, they migrate to the Sea of Cortez which offers an ideal temperature for these whales to give birth to their calves. During this time of year the whales will mate and give birth to their calves only to return north again and start the process from the beginning.
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If you want to increase your chances of seeing a whale you want to come during “whale season.” The best time to come is between early February and mid-May. On occasion you maybe able to observe whale behavior, such as breaching or a whale shooting a spout of water 25ft in the air, from your condo balcony, but if you want to get the most out of your whale watching experience we recommend booking a whale watching excursion. These excursions don’t promise a whale siting, but they do know where to go looking for these whales and do significantly increase your chances of seeing one. Always have your camera ready because you never know when a whale is going to breach (jump out of the water) and you don’t want to miss this opportunity!
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There are several different kinds of whales that come to Rocky Point such as fin whales, grey whales and you may see one you didn’t expect! For example, in March a group of fisherman unexpectedly had a killer whale surface behind their boat. They then realized there were 2 more killers whales, which were only inches from the boat! The captain and his crew said they counted and there was a total of 12 whales that were following the boat and playing in it’s wake until they lost interest and disappeared! Something interesting that you can notice from these pictures is that even though this 31ft fishing boat is traveling at full speed, the killer whales seem unaffected and are able to easily keep up with the boat. This is a testament to the true power that these whales posses and their ability to travel at very high speeds for long distances.
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Come down to Rocky Point this winter to see the beautiful whales that make Rocky Point and the Sea of Cortez their home at various times throughout the year. You may even get to see a newborn calve, or a killer whale!
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Rocky Point Marine Life

If you have ever been to Rocky Point before you know that when the tide goes up and down, there is a significant difference on how the beach changes and what is exposed. With the tide moving so drastically, there are certain marine life animals that have to learn to adapt and survive in such an environment.
The tides in Rocky Point can be split up into four different depth zones. The first zone is home to those species that can be exposed to the air consistently, such as buckshot barnacles, periwinkles, and impets. Zone 2 is where we tend to see several species of crab and also the turban snail. As the tide continues to go down, zone 3 is home to hermit crabs, sea anemone’s and several different kinds of starfish. When the tide is at its lowest point, zone 4 these sea creatures only see beyond the surface less than 9% of the day. Animals that reside in this zone are specis such as: sea urchins, octopus, and red abalone. There are several animals that can be found in the deeper parts of the Sea of Cortez where they don’t run the risk of being exposed to the sea air. You can find  animals such as stingrays, hidden beneath the sand all several different species of fish further out in the deeper parts of the ocean.
The Sea of Cortez has a very unique marine ecosystem because of the differences in depth among the ocean floor. You can find sharks who like to reside in the warmer parts of the Sea of Cortez, or you can be a deep sea fishermen who is off in the deep blue looking for sailfish or marlin. If you do happen to be far enough in the ocean you may have the experience of being followed by dolphins. Dolphins enjoy to swim along side boats and jump acrobatically in the air and if you’re lucky enough to may get to see a humpback whale soar through the air. In order to see humpback whales though you have to come at the right time of the year. If you do come at the right time, see if you can book a tour because the professionals know where to go in order to increase your chances of being a whale.
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The Sea of Cortez, often referred to as the “Worlds Aquarium” is an extremely unique experience for any marine life lover. You will not be disappointed with a day out in the Sea of Cortez.