“With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live.” — Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer
Actions, big and small, have an impact, we always keep that in mind here at Rancho San Lucas. This stellar private luxury resort presented by Solmar Group, is truly committed to preserving its ecosystem. This land of unparalleled beauty is at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, just north of Cabo San Lucas, which is where the ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula. Its unique and vast variety of marine life, is a veritable underwater paradise.
Rancho San Lucas, showcases the endemic natural beauty of its surroundings, and is the perfect springboard for exploring the land and sea ecosystems of the area. Whales, dolphins and manta rays can be seen leaping majestically from the sparkling waters off this coast, and can be spotted even from your own backyard.
The area hosts numerous whale species each season from December to April. February, being Humpback whale awareness month, is a great time to experience whales up close and personal.
When choosing a tour, make sure that it is with an officially certified company. Natural resources and environmental protection agencies, SEMARNAP and PROFEPA, are in place to ensure tours comply with protective regulations.
Renown oceanographer Jacques Cousteau named the marine reserve in the Sea of Cortez, a vast and lush underwater paradise between continental Mexico and the Baja California Peninsula, as the “Aquarium of the World.”
Beneath the surface lies an incredible world of over 700 species of biologically rich marine life, including more than 20 varieties of whales, dolphins and porpoises. It is a place of flying mobula rays, playful sea lions and a kaleidoscope of colorful fish swimming among the live coral reef. Whale watchers, eco-tourists, naturalists, and divers come from around the world to have a chance to be a part of this.
An intimate and action packed whale-friendly watching tour is provided by Cabo Expeditions Co., known for its commitment to preservation. Their high-performance stable and seaworthy inflatable Zodiacs give you a personalized experience with eye to eye connection with these magnificent creatures. Once your guide spots a humpback or other species of whale, there is a careful and quiet approach towards the whales so as not to disturb them, and experience the whales like never before.
Humpback whales, did you know?
- Migration. Whales have been migrating from Alaska and the North for centuries. They travel to the Sea of Cortez, on a 6,000 mile journey to first mate or return to give birth to their calves after their eleven month gestation period.
- Mating and Feeding. As mammals, the females give birth and feed their one-ton newborn calves with milk as thick as yogurt. They spend their time practicing for the long journey ahead to the northern feeding grounds, which is where they find nourishment.
- Movements. Breach. The most spectacular sight is the powerful acrobatic display when the whale propels upward with such force as to rise completely out of the water. Pec Slap. Whales roll sideways or on their backs while slapping their pectoral fins against the water at the surface. Round Out. The whale begins a diving descent at the surface while arching its body.
- Singing. The word “song” is used to describe the notable pattern of regular and predictable rhythmic sounds made by groups of male humpback whales, predominantly during the mating season.
It is up to each one of us to participate in conserving the bounty which nature gives us, as a legacy for future generations, instilling love of the ocean and all that lies within. Rancho San Lucas will always be your partner as a strong advocate of education and preservation of both land and sea.
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” — Jacques Cousteau