SIX OF BAJA’S BEST WHALES
Whale sightings in Baja California are often from a distance, but a few key features can help you to make a quick identification.
Biggest of all whales; towering spout visible for miles; mottled grey colour shows pale blue beneath surface; tiny dorsal fin set far back; some fluke (raise tail) before diving but many don’t.
The second largest whale; tall spout; brownish body, with white throat markings sometimes visible below surface; sharklike dorsal fin set far back.
Half blue whale size; blunt dorsal fin and long flippers; white colouration on flippers and underside; often waves tail; arches back before diving.
Similar size to humpback, with blunter head and smaller flippers; no dorsal fin; mottled grey colouration, with patches of barnacles; double blow forms heart shape. SPERM WHALE Similar size to a humpback but with huge square head; dark brown in colour; pods of 20 or more often float at surface; flukes before diving.
Aka the killer whale – dolphin, half the size of humpback; often seen in groups; black and white colouration; round head and tall dorsal fin; often leaps.