Whale Watching Report February 2017

This is the Puerto Vallarta Whale Watching tour report for February 2017. What a wonderful month it was too – we had multiple Humpback Whales observed on every tour with Bottlenose Dolphins sighted on over 80% of our tours as well. First and Foremost – thank you to everyone who joined Lilia and Elisa to responsibly meet the wonderful whales of Puerto Vallarta this February!

Some of the other species we encountered in February include; Sperm Whales, Bryde’s Whales, Spotted Dolphins, and Giant Manta Rays.

February being the month of romance with Valentines Day, there was not only courting Humpback Whales but many tours observed mating Sea Turtles as well. Good news for both populations as they are both trying to recover from the impact of man on their populations.

February is usually a month of mating competitions and baby Humpback Whales becoming more active as they grow day by day. This February we observed courting behaviour on most of the tours in the first half of the month. As female Humpback Whales become pregnant, they begin their migration north as they have a big challenge ahead with carrying the baby to term at 11 months, migrating back to Puerto Vallarta, birthing and then nursing the baby for the first 6 months.

So as the month of February progressed we saw fewer courting Humpbacks and Mating Competitions. However, we have started to see even more activity from the baby Humpback Whales in the bay. Baby Humpback Whales need to work hard to expand their diving and swimming abilities. This increased level of activity heightens their myoglobin production which in turn increases their breath hold ability – getting them ready for the challenging migration north to the feeding grounds.

Active baby Humpback Whales often can be seen breaching, tail slapping and pec slapping. This is thrilling to observe and know that the baby Humpback Whales here in Puerto Vallarta are growing stronger every day. These baby Humpbacks nurse from the mother, consuming her rich fatty milk, and growing 70+ pounds per day! They also grow approximately 1 inch per day, meaning that the 12 foot long baby whale that leaves Puerto Vallarta 2 months later is already 4 feet longer than when it was born!

What do we expect for the month of March? Two specific groups of Humpback Whales in the bay of Puerto Vallarta. One group we expect to continue to see is the Mother and Baby Humpback Whale pairs as they continue to grow and prepare for the migration north.

The second group of Humpback Whales we expect to see are adults that will be starting their migration north from their wintering areas further south of Puerto Vallarta. As Puerto Vallarta is a mating and calving area, male Humpbacks will be stopping in the bay for several days on their migration north in the hopes of finding a female interested in mating.

So that is the wrap up of our Puerto Vallarta Whale Watching Tours report for February 2017. Thank you to Lilia and Elisa for sharing their passion for all things Whale with our Guests and thank you to our guests for choosing Whale Watch Vallarta – we hope to share many more adventures with whales together in the future!