90 percent of the grey whales on the planet are born in Baja Sur

90 percent of the grey whales on the planet are born in Baja Sur

Dec 7, 2017

Gray whales make one of the longest migrations of any mammal on earth. Every year of their lives they swim more than 10,000 miles roundtrip, between nursery lagoons in Mexico to feeding grounds in the Arctic. The gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) visits the Ojo de Liebre Lagoons in Baja California Sur, in order to reproduce in the warm waters of Mexico. In a statement, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) reported that 90 percent of the whales of this species on the planet, are born in this Natural Protected Area (ANP) of Baja California Sur. The Gray Whale Migration begins with pregnant mothers leaving the Bering Strait in October for their breeding grounds in Baja, Mexico. They are followed by the general population, and then juvenile whales who all head south for the warmer, safer waters of three Mexican lagoons: St. Ignacio, Magdalena, and Ojo de Liebre (also known as Scammons). By the third week of January vast numbers of whales can be seen heading south. Around mid-February, the whales can be seen heading north again, and they continue to travel until April, when the mothers return with their calves. The pairs must cross over the cavernous canyon where killer whales lie in wait and often attack the calves. National Geographic, BBC and other international film crews flock to California and Baja California to film this exciting wildlife footage. Mothers can save their young if they can head to shallow waters, and the chase is spectacular. Sources: OEM...

La Paz Whale Museum, one of the hidden gems of Baja Sur

La Paz Whale Museum, one of the hidden gems of Baja Sur

Dec 6, 2017

One of the neatest hidden gems in La Paz is the newly opened Museo de La Ballena (Whale Museum). Located right along the Malecon it is a place where families are invited to learn about the different whales living in the waters surrounding the magical town of La Paz. When we first arrived at the museum, after having lunch at Bismarkcito local restaurant, there was a giant whale skeleton outside the doors of the museum, and that was just a small taste of what was to come. We entered the museum into a gift shop where we were introduced to a guide who escorted us into the museum. The guide was one of the most knowledgable museum docents that I have had the pleasure of meeting, and carefully took his time to share everything he loved about the sea life in La Paz. The museum has one of the largest varieties of whale “skeletons” in the world, and all have been preserved from animals which have perished in the seas surrounding La Paz. Instead of disposing of the animal remains recovered on the beaches, the town has preserved the skeletons to be put up on display to help educate children and adults of all ages on the abundant life living in the ocean. The tour took about one hour, but if I had my children with me, I could have spent hours in the museum. There were interactive exhibits, a vast abundance of skeletons, and immersive displays. I recommend families taking their children to the whale museum before going on any snorkeling or boating tours. By visiting the museum first, children will be able to learn about the sea life in the waters that they are going to explore, and will have an added appreciation for the fish they will see through their snorkeling mask....

Katharine McPhee looked stunning in bikini as she vacationed in Cabo San Lucas

Katharine McPhee looked stunning in bikini as she vacationed in Cabo San Lucas

Dec 5, 2017

American actress Katharine McPhee looked stunning in a purple string bikini as she vacationed in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico over the weekend. The 33-year-old singer and actress was on holiday with her pal Hilary Shor, who is the producer on The Help and Children Of Men. But the trip was not without some strife, however, as on Tuesday Page Six reported McPhee and Shor got mad at a bride for kicking them out of her wedding after they ‘crashed’ it. McPhee is best known for her stint on American Idol as well as her TV show Scorpion. She has also been in the news lately for her romantic relationship with music producer David Foster. They confirmed their dating status last week when she was seen kissing the mogul on the lips outside Italian restaurant E Baldi in Beverly Hills. Katharine looked flawless in her little string bikini as she played around in a hotel pool in Cabo San Lucas. She appeared to be in great spirits, often smiling to onlookers. The 5ft 8in Smash actress went in and out of the water and then laid on her lounge chair next to a female pal. Unfortunately for Katharine, during the dreamy getaway someone was checking Shor’s Instagram account. The looker and her friend reportedly called the bride a ‘loser’ and a ‘bitch‘ for kicking them out of her beach-side nuptials. Source:...

Whale Watching Season Begins in Baja California Sur

Whale Watching Season Begins in Baja California Sur

Nov 24, 2017

Whale season is getting underway in the Mexican Pacific, and Baja California Sur (BCS) is the place to be. “The opportunities for whale encounters here are truly exceptional. We have the blue whale, the largest mammal on earth. We also have grays, humpback, fin, minke and pilots,” Bryan Jauregui tells Travel Agent. Juaregui and her husband operate the boutique hotel Los Colibris Casitas, in Todos Santos. They also own Todos Santos Eco Adventures. Todos Santos is a small Pueblo Magico, or Magic Town, located 45 miles up the coast from Cabo San Lucas. It’s about a 75-minute drive from the San Jose del Cabo Airport, and a 45-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas. The destination attracts nature lovers and surfers throughout the year. But, whale season offers extra incentive to visit. Humpbacks are usually the first whales to visit Todos Santos and environs. They arrive in October, stay through January and return in April. They’re known for their acrobatic breaching out of the water, to the delight of observers.   Gray whale sightings typically begin in BCS mid-January. The whales arrive to give birth in calm lagoons, then head back to their Alaskan feeding grounds with their young. It’s a 12,000-mile round trip. Encounters with them and their babies are nothing short of “transformative,” said Juaregui. The whales give birth in Magdalena Bay, one of the most important wetlands ecosystems in North America. “From the third week of January to mid-March, we have a two-day one-night trip there. We do six hours of whale watching in small boats. The mothers bring their babies up to us. You can put your hand out and touch them. To encounter these giant, but benign creatures in this setting is a spiritual experience,” said Juaregui. Her company also operates a luxury tent camp on Isla Espiritu Santo in the Sea of Cortez. The island is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world’s best marine and bird-viewing destinations....

Relatives of Ombudsman assassinated in BCS rebuke governor

Relatives of Ombudsman assassinated in BCS rebuke governor

Nov 24, 2017

Relatives of Silvestre de la Toba, HUman Rights Ombudsman of Baja California Sur murdered on November 20, made direct verbal complaints to the state governor, when attending the official’s funeral. The head of the Human Rights Commission of Baja California Sur was murdered in La Paz four  days ago. “Mr. Governor, we voted for you, we believed in you, we believed that you had the way to solve these problems, but you are not doing a good job,” a person who identified himself as a cousin of the Ombudsman told Carlos Mendoza Davis. . In a video spread through social networks, it is observed when the family member asks the media present at the wake to let the governor know “that their family is in big pain, a pain that comes from the heart”. The head of the State Human Rights Commission of Baja California Sur was assassinated on the night of November 20. Armed people attacked his car in which he was traveling with his wife and two children, along the streets of La Paz. In the attack his son also died, while his wife and daughter ended up badly injured and hospitalized. Silvestre de la Toba held the position of Ombudsman in Baja California Sur since February 2015; previously he was a member of the PRD political party, and between 2008 and 2011 he was a local representative for the Nueva Alianza political party. This Thursday, October 23, the heads of the State Human Rights Commissions, and the president of the National Human Rights Commission, Luis Raúl González Pérez, paid tribute to Silvestre de la Toba. In the event, the Ombudsmen expressed their intention to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto and the National Commission of Governors (CONAGO) to agree on urgent protection measures. Source: Animal...

BCS Head of the State Human Rights Commission (CNDH), executed in La Paz

BCS Head of the State Human Rights Commission (CNDH), executed in La Paz

Nov 21, 2017

A shooting that took place on the Boulevard Forjadores, in the state capital, resulted in the death of the head of the State Human Rights Commission (CEDH) in Baja California Sur, Silvestre de la Toba Camacho, who was traveling with his family . The attack took place at 6:55 pm on Monday November 20, at the intersection of Boulevard Forjadores and Luis Donaldo Colosio Avenue, where an armed group opened fire against the man’s vehicle. After the attack, the SUV ended up hitting one of the walls of the business known as Casino Caliente. Silvestre de la Toba was elected as president of the State Human Rights Commission on February 17, 2015. He had previously held the position of representative in the State Congress....