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Mother and calf fin whales like to amuse visitors in coastal Mexico

Mother and calf fin whales like to amuse visitors in coastal Mexico

A pair of mother and calf fin whales have been spotted by researchers recently happy to amuse visitors in the Gulf of California in Mexico’s Pacific state Baja California Sur.

(Soundbite) Mario Pardo, Whale Researcher
“It is the world’s second largest after blue whale. It has a dark color, from dark gray to dark brown with some white spots. Usually they can be found in groups or pairs.”

Fin whale are a genetically-isolated species that feed on fish, squid and krill. Unlike gray whales, they are friendly can and fond of interacting with humans.
Fin whales measure up to 21 meters long and weigh about 70 tons as an adult.

(Soundbite) Mario Pardo, Whale Researcher
“Not that they are difficult to see, but they are rather curious and like to stay close to the boat, a thing that gray whale won’t do. Here are some whales staying not very close to the boat, apparently a little more timid.”

Official data shows that there has been a decreasing trend in fin whales numbers in recent years, even though they are an essential to the Gulf of California’s biodiversity, together with gray, blue and humpback whale.

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