The Whales Had a Good Season / Las Ballenas Tuvieron una Buena Temporada

After the end of the whale watching season in our bay for the period 2016 – 2017, last March, the non-profit organization, Ecología y Conservación de las Ballenas (ECOBAC) announced that the number of Whales that arrived in our returned to a normal number after a significant drop in sightings occurred in the 2015 – 2016 season. This is certainly important information for our destination and environment in general.

In addition, for the first time, a sighting of whales Physeter microcephalus was reported in our bay, which is known for having the larger brain of any known creature in the world. Another good news was that this season were only reported the encounter of three whales stuck in our bay, two of which were released by the RABEN team, a Mexican group that specializes in this type of whale rescue operations.

Despite this good news, it is important to emphasize the knowledge of public awareness and education about the threats that whales face in our bay. For this, ECOBAC has a series of events like the projection of a documentary with the support of different associations of our region or the project Conoce Tu Bahía that takes place in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

For more information on this association and its events, go to www.ecobac.org. If you are a visitor, you will be able to know interesting and different information of what happens in our destination in whale watching season. If you are local, you will be an agent of change for the whale environment to continue to be respected for the good of all.

What is ECOBAC?

Ecología y Conservación de Ballenas, Ecology and Conservation of Whales (ECOBAC), is a Mexican non-profit organization, devoted mainly to research, protection and conservation of Mexico’s natural resources, specially the Humpback Whale in Banderas Bay.

Después de la finalización de la época de avistamiento de ballenas en nuestra bahía, correspondiente al periodo 2016 – 2017, el pasado mes de Marzo, la organización sin fines de lucro, Ecología y Conservación de Ballenas (ECOBAC) dio a conocer que el número de ballenas que arribaron a nuestra bahía regresó a un número normal después de que en la temporada 2015 – 2016 se reportara un importante descenso de avistamientos. Sin duda esta es información importante para nuestro destino y el medio ambiente en general.

Además de que, por vez primera, se reportó en nuestra bahía el avistamiento de un tipo de ballenas (Physeter macrocephalus) que son conocidas por tener el cerebro más grande que cualquier criatura conocida en el mundo. Otra buena noticia fue que esta temporada solamente se reportó el encuentro de tres ballenas atoradas en nuestra bahía, dos de las cuales fueron liberadas por el equipo RABEN, grupo mexicano que se especializa en este tipo de operaciones de rescate para ballenas.

A pesar de estas buenas noticias, es importante enfatizar la importancia de la concientización y educación de la población en general sobre las amenazas que las ballenas enfrentan en nuestra bahía. Para ello, ECOBAC tiene toda una serie de eventos como la proyección de un documental con el apoyo de diferentes asociaciones de nuestra región o el proyecto Conoce Tu Bahía que se lleva a cabo en La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

Para mayor información de esta asociación y sus eventos, ingresa a www.ecobac.org. Si eres visitante podrás conocer información interesante y diferente de lo que sucede en nuestro destino en temporada de avistamiento de ballenas. Si eres local, serás un agente de cambio para que el medio de estos grandes seres se siga respetando para bien de todos.

¿Qué es ECOBAC?

Ecología y Conservación de Ballenas A.C. (ECOBAC), es una asociación civil mexicana legalmente constituida y sin fines de lucro, la cual busca primordialmente contribuir a la investigación, protección, conservación de los recursos naturales de México y en especial de la Ballena Jorobada en Bahía de Banderas, México.

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Puerto Vallarta Icons – Islas Marietas (Marietas Islands)

Islas Marietas

Surely a natural icon of Banderas Bay, the Marietas Islands are one of the most important nesting sites of seabirds in Mexico and eastern tropical Pacific, also housing many other marine species.

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Islas Marietas

Marieta Islands were caused by volcanic activity during the cretaceous era, getting fancy shapes, the two islands of this archipelago (Round Island and Long Island) have virtually the same shape, dominated on the surface and underneath with a variety of caves and cliffs.

After years of scientific research and an intensive effort to provide legal protection to the archipelago, was finally declared a “Marietas Islands National Park” in 2005, with almost 1,400 hectares of land to be an important nesting area, shelter, reproduction and transit of at least 92 species of waterfowl, underwater, resident and migratory.

It is estimated that in these islands is located the largest population of the iconic global brown bobo bird (Sula leucogaster) and with them you can see the beautiful blue-footed bobo bird, which also nests in the Galapagos Islands.

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That is why it is not allowed to “step on” the islands, and human routes should be limited to sightseeing, the beach and water activities like diving, kayaking and snorkeling.

If this was not enough, during winter you can hear the amazing songs of humpback whales, who use the islands as a natural shelter against predators and ocean currents.

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The Humpback Whale

The humpback whale season is about to begin, these large mammals travel each year 7.400 kilometers from the north pole to reach the equatorial Pacific Ocean and can be seen along Banderas Bay from mid-December to April, reaching up to 300 of them per season.

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Here in Puerto Vallarta due to the depth of the bay it’s possible to see these amazing animals from downtown and the beach, in any case the eco-tours are available daily so you can take this opportunity to enjoy the show of the whales jumping out of water, the reason for this it’s because that is how males attract the attention of females for mating. Their jumps reach up to 15 meters high.

Today it is estimated that between 6 and 7 000 humpback whales exist in the North Pacific, of which about 3,500 are “Mexican” for being reproduced in national waters. According to the National Institute of Ecology (NIE) whale watching is properly regulated by the official Mexican standard since the 2000 season their safety is guaranteed.

The Vallarta Whale, also known as the Dancing Whale, is a monumental bronze sculpture depicting a humpback whale with her calf. Created by artist Octavio Gonzalez, weighs 12 tons and measures 8.9 meters high and 13 long. Inaugurated on March 14, 2001 and can be seen at the entrance of Marina Vallarta.

The humpback whale watching turns out to be an extraordinary natural spectacle which can be seen just a few meters from the boat, turns out to be an unforgettable experience, highly recommended.