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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | November 2009 

Humpback Whales Return to the Banderas Bay
email this pageprint this pageemail usKeith May -
November 19, 2009

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaengliae) breaching Banderas Bay, January 2009 (photo by T.K. May)
It is with a HUGE smile on my face that I inform you all that the Humpback whales have indeed returned to Banderas Bay. I have received two credible reports of Humpback whales in the bay – the first being on Sunday, November 1st near Le Kliff and the second on Wednesday, November 11th near Los Muertos pier.

The official whale watching season begins on December 8, 2009 and runs through March 23, 2010. Even though the whales are clearly here please resist the temptation to approach them until the official start of the season. After their long journey south, they do not need the added stress of tourist and boat engine noise.

The dates of the season are specifically designed to allow the early arrivals to rest at the beginning of the season and to allow the youngest calves born late in the season to gain extra blubber and strength before their first migration to the feeding grounds.

Open your heart to the beauty and the majesty and enjoy the show from the shore. Let’s all respect these beautiful creatures while they get re acclimated to their home here in Vallarta. Remember, all of these whales were born in Mexico... they have definitely returned home.

To learn more about responsible whale watching please visit our non-profit website, There’s lots of information about the whales and there are reviews of responsible whale watching companies.

The companies and tours that we review are all lead by researchers and the money that you pay for your tour goes directly toward future research. It’s a great way to visit our gentle giants and to support the research that helps to ensure the survival of the species.

I look forward to seeing you all on the water!

Whale Hugs,
Keith May

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