Whales, Boobies

This post is Jack’s as much as mine since he wielded the camera. Fairly rough ocean in a little fishing boat, but the man in charge has been fishing on these waters most of his life and his quiet confidence and competence reassured his four passengers–even when he had to stop and repair the motor on the open sea! There were six of us in the boat; Manny, the captain’s son, is the real tour guide. He speaks perfect English and was a real fountain of information.

Rough water

Rough water

We’d hoped to see a whale and couldn’t believe our luck when we happened on a family of three–two adults and a baby. We stayed close to them for much of an hour. Apparently the mother was probably feeding the baby, which explains their relative lack of movement. There are strict rules applying to whale-watching. At first, we were the only boat observing this group of animals, but after awhile there were three or four others, some of which were closing in on the whales, violating the rules about distance and, it seemed to us, clearly hassling them. At that point, we’d enjoyed watching them for much of an hour and decided it was time to move on to the islands where the birds live.

Whale spout

Whale spout

These are hump-back whales, which commute between here and Alaska. The baby we saw (well, really, we only saw it’s tail fin) is hungrily feeding now to prepare for the trip north early in the spring.

The photos aren’t great–but they ARE whales! Probably worth clicking on to see more closely.

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Barnacles on whale's head

Barnacles on whale’s head

IMG_9978IMG_9930Blue-footed boobies are a Galapagos species. This small area is the only other place they’re found. There are also green-footed, yellow-footed, and cinnamon boobies here. We saw some of them all, as well as lots of pelicans and frigates, and some gulls recently arrived from Canada, we’re told.IMG_0044

A blue-foot couple and a Canadian gull.

A blue-foot couple and a Canadian gull.

I thought I had some photos of the green-footed boobies, too. I’ll try to find them later. Using Jack’s photos means shifting them from his camera to his computer onto a memory stick and then onto my computer–and in the process, they’re not all here.

Some pretty neat fish, too. And a “blow-hole” in the rocks that spout whenever a big wave enters them.IMG_0109IMG_0032

Tomorrow, we’ll get an early start and hope to be in Guanajuato by late afternoon.

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5 Responses to Whales, Boobies

  1. Do the boobies commute from the Galapagos or are there two populations?

    • pdunning says:

      As I understand, there are two populations. And I’m not sure the green and yellow boobies are in Galapagos–do you know?

  2. Janet Inksetter says:

    It was wonderful having you and Jack with us in Bucerias. Have a smooth trip home to Gto. Janet and Ron

  3. Here’s a map of sightings of blue-footed boobies: http://ebird.org/ebird/map/bfoboo?bmo=1&emo=12&byr=2009&eyr=2013. Looks like they inhabit much of the eastern Pacific coast. Cornell’s AllAboutBirds site lists the brown booby, which has yellow feet, and a red-footed booby: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/browse_tax/70/. Best Google gives me for green booby is some kind of fishing lure!

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