Kayaking with a pod of short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus), between Isla Monserrat and Isla Santa Catalina, with Isla Danzante in the background in the Bahia de Loreto National Park, Sea of Cortez and Baja Peninsula, Mexico.
I was on my way to explore two offshore islands just to the south of Isla Danzante, Isla Monserrat and Isla Santa Catalina in the Bahia de Loreto National Park, when I encountered a pod of short-finned pilot whales; this was my first ever encounter with pilot whales in my kayak. They are very impressive cetaceans, with a prominent melon (acoustic swelling), like big black shiny torpedoes. They were very inquisitive about me and were frequently spyhopping to get a better view of me. Spyhopping is when cetaceans elevate themselves vertically out of the water to be able to get a better view of something.
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- Duncan Murrell
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