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Paddling in the land of Exciting Underwater Megafauna
Combine a passion for kayaking with a chance to see some of the ocean’s bounty. One third of the world’s species of sea mammals visit the Sea of Cortez, according to the UNESCO in the World Heritage listing for Mexico’s Gulf and Islands. Blue whales, Fins, and Humpbacks feed in the Loreto area, typically between late December and early March.
It’s not just about whales, dolphins, and sea lions; many other creatures call this place home as well. Have you ever seen a mobula leap into the air? It’s a kind of ray that likes to do belly-flops. How about a yellow-legged gull? They’re endemic. Or a blue-footed booby, which live only here and in the Galapagos. Tiny red-legged hermit crabs cruise around cleaning up tide-pools. Exciting discoveries reward the curious.
The paddling isn’t too shabby, either. A sea cave here and there, some rocky coastlines to weave carefully through. Warm-ish water for rolling and playing with rescues. Areas of postcard turquoise water.
The Loreto Islands Builder has a similar route to the Loreto Islands Primer, but we schedule the Builder from December into early March because of the greater chance of wind and the need for dynamic water skills to enjoy paddling single kayaks during this time. It’s this wind that stirs the waters of the Gulf, brings up nutrients, and invites the whales.
Leaping mobula rays: a BBC video