Last Updated on February 20, 2018 by Janet Frost
Downtown La Paz Mexico is the home of the Museo de Ballena/Whale Museum. The Baja Peninsula is a premier spot for whale watching. Twenty different species of whales visit the Sea of Cortez and the protected Pacific coast lagoons. The whales stop their migration in this area for breeding and birthing. Especially noted for whale encounters are Scammon’s Lagoon, Magdalena Bay and San Ignacio Lagoon. This small whale museum succinctly communicates the impact whales have had on this region.
The magnificent Blue Whales, the largest living creatures on earth, come to the Sea of Cortez each year, as do Humpback Whales, Sperm Whales, Finback Whales, Minke Whales, Orcas, Pilot Whales, Dolphins and scores of sharks. The entire whale museum setting was a blue darkness. Spotlights showcased the skeletons. Chalk drawings on blackboards explained the facts. It made for a dramatic and “from the deep” sensation.
Gray Whales Encounters
Videos of Gray Whale encounters were on a continuous loop. The Gray Whales give birth in the protected lagoons. For reasons unknown to marine scientist the whales interact in an intimate way with the boats and humans in these special lagoons. The whales will vertically pop up to see the humans in a behavior called “spyhopping”. Mothers are often observed nudging their calves close to the stationary boats. This behavior is unique to the lagoons of the Baja.
The whale museum is open everyday but Mondays from 9AM-6PM. Located at Paseo Álvaro Obregón 1, Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico
Much of the whale museum was in Spanish. There were guides to translate for you. We explored on our own and didn’t find the language barrier difficult. You could easily spend an hour plus in this museum.
Go Learn Things….about whales!
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