Kayaking with a pod of short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus), between Isla Monserrat and Isla Santa Catalina in the Bahia de Loreto National Park, the Sea of Cortez and Baja Peninsula, Mexico.
I was on my way to explore two offshore islands just to the south of Isla Carmen, Isla Monserrat and Isla Catalina in the Bahia de Loreto National Park, when I encountered a pod of short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus); 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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