Every year between late December and mid-March thousands of gray whales make their annual migration through the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Baja California. It is a spectacular event when they pass immediately in front of Todos Santos. The whales migrate 5,000 miles from the cold waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea to the warm water of the Baja Peninsula. This is the longest known mammal migration in the world. For years, these great animals had been hunted nearly to extinction and have just barely survived as a species. Due to some recovery, during these months it is possible to see these magnificent creatures and experience one of the world’s most memorable wildlife adventures. In Todos Santos it is common to see them ‘breach’ (perform an acrobatic jump) or just ‘spy-hop’ (come straight out of the water like a periscope of a submarine) a short distance from the shore. You can book a boat tour in Cabo for a high sea close up experiences or simply enjoy them from the comfort of the Todos Santos beaches with a beer in your hand as you take a walk along the ocean. I find it most enjoyable at sunrise and sunset.
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