Travel & Outdoors | February 2007
|A Whale of a Tail|
Laura Gelezunas - PVNN
Whether you see the broad tail flying through the air or the slap of a fin, you will be one of the witnesses to nature's largest mammal in action. Whale watching as an organized activity dates back to the 1950s. And this popular tradition continues in Puerto Vallarta at Vallarta Adventures Tour Company.
|Nothing compares to the thrill of witnessing the beauty, harmony and grace of the Humpback whales that inhabit the Bay of Banderas. BanderasNews videojournalist Laura Gelezunas shows us why Vallarta Adventures is unparalleled in the Banderas Bay area. Click HERE for more info.|
Every late winter through early spring, Mexico's Banderas Bay, on the Pacific coast, hosts the magnificent Humpback whales during their migration from arctic feeding grounds to the warm, protected waters of the bay to breed and rear their young.
Vallarta Adventures offers several whale watching experiences, which will all be truly unforgettable, because there is something mysterious and deeply moving about seeing a whale at sea for the first time.
"It's pretty amazing, they are a lot bigger than I thought they would be and a lot more docile, too," says Dale from Janesville, WI. A first time whale watcher, he goes on to say that "the driver was real professional and got us up close and personal with the whales, plus our guide on the boat was very informative, I really enjoyed the trip."
Humpback whales migrate to the waters of Banderas Bay every year from December through April. The anticipation, the boat trip, and the first glimpse all add up to one of those never-to-be-forgotten moments in life.
Dave from Albuquerque, NM says, "We searched on the internet so we came down and decided that we had to see the whales, they are kind of special creatures, it just had to be done."
Humpback whales are known to be curious, and are renowned for swimming up really close to whale watching boats where they poke their heads out of the water to get a good look at the humans.
A whale watching adventure is not only astounding, but you will come away with knowledge about the whales, their behaviors and habitat, and the other creatures that share the same marine environment. Vallarta Adventures provides you with an expert guide, who appreciates these magnificent creatures more with every trip.
"To tell you the truth, it has changed my life being here working with the whales," says Nicky Ransone, Zoologist and Vallarta Adventure Guide, "They are awe-inspiring, half the time I think they play with you, they know what is going on."
Humpbacks are the most acrobatic and energetic of all the great whales displaying a wide variety of leaping, rolling and breaching movements, which provides fascinating viewing. They're also very vocal, "singing" a long series of repeated phrases.
So, while enjoying a Vallarta Adventures Whale Experience, keep your eyes open and watch for the first thrilling sight of a whale spout against the horizon.
Please note, this is nature, real life; not a multimillion-dollar theme park where every surprise is scheduled. Patience must rule the day. When you do see whales, you will realize they were worth the wait. Also, you will return to shore exhilarated, better educated about a fascinating animal, and more aware of what's at stake if we lose even one species to extinction.
To learn more about the wide variety of Puerto Vallarta whale watching expeditions Vallarta Adventures offers, click HERE for more info, or call the tour company in Puerto Vallarta toll free from the U.S. and Canada at 1-888-303-2653.