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The Gray Whales of Ojo de Liebre:  A Photo Essay by Peter Murphy

The Gray Whales of Ojo de Liebre:  A Photo Essay by Peter Murphy

For some time, the gray whales of Ojo De Liebre Lagoon near Guerrero Negro, in Baja California Sur, have called out to me and I was fortunate to be able to respond in the early part of March.  For a couple of days I was able to get close enough to see, touch, and yes, in some ways, taste them…with lot’s of whale spume sent my way.  Couldn’t have been a better experience!  

On our first visit to the Lagoon, it took some time for the whales to get close.  Patience is the watch word.  But before long, we could see them rising and falling…spouting…and then closing in.  

The Gray Whales of Ojo de Liebre

The Gray Whales of Ojo de Liebre

Soon enough, a mom and her calf came close enough to the boat to touch…and more.  For about a half an hour, the two whales played with us by circling our boat and even making contact and pushing it.  Around and around they went, eyeing all of us on board.  We got the sense that they were very interested in us, as we were in them.  We were all laughing and playing and the whales must have sensed it because they just kept coming.  Mom raised her tail as if to greet us, and we splashed the water to say “hello” to her and her baby.

Soon enough a few of them circled us and then closed in.  Just great stuff.  The party ended too soon that day.  But we came back again the next.

The Gray Whales of Ojo de Liebre

This time in the southern end of the lagoon, we waited and waited.  Whales were breaching off in the distance and we could see them spouting too.  Maybe the tide changed or it was just the sun coming out, but wow….they came in.  First a mom and her calf, then another and then another.  Males weren’t too far off breaching and then thundering back into the warm waters of the lagoon.  Sure enough, they came close…looking at us as we looked back at them.  They touched the boat, we touched back.  Some of us even got to kiss them.  Kiss of a lifetime, I’m sure.

Two days on the water with the gray whales…the dream of a lifetime for many come true.

The Gray Whales of Ojo de Liebre

The Gray Whales of Ojo de Liebre

About the Author

Peter Murphy is a photographer/photojournalist/visual storyteller based in Bend, Oregon. To see more of his striking images – in Baja and beyond – visit petermurphy.zenfolio.com.  Prints are available for purchase.

 

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