The amazing flight of the Manta in Sea Of Cortez.

Both the Mantas and Mobulas of the Sea of Cortez belong to the family, Mobulidae, a group of whom little is known. Their behavior is peculiar, unlike its relative the stingray, in size and their unique acrobatic flights.

In fact, mantas, especially the Pacific Stingray grow can grow large.  The circumference of their body can easily reach eight meters. On the other hand, the Mobulas do not exceed three meters.

These rays leap spectacularly from the sea when they gather in large groups.

According to research, Mobulas and Mantas feed on small microscopic crustaceans, through filters located in their gills .

These animals leap from the water into the air, like other species such as dolphins.  Scientists do not know why, but these animals can jump up to 3 feet from the water. This phenomenon has been recorded in different parts of the world including the Sea of Cortez.  This behavior is suspected to attract females, communicate between them each other and or a way to escape large predators.  There are three main types of jumps, forward falling headlong, forward dropping tail and doing flips.

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In the Bay of Los Cabos, the spectacle of flying rays is awesome, have you ever seen it? In the summer months, you can witness this spectacle on any daily our tours that cruise along the coast of the Pacific Ocean and also into the Sea of Cortez.

Here are 5 interesting facts about Mantas and Mobulas:

  1. Are one of the fastest moving animals in the water.
  2. Non-social species, rather live alone, except when mating or where there are large amounts of food.
  3. Mantas as opposed to rays, are peaceful and can perfectly coexist with people without danger.
  4. Acrobatic movements of Manta Rays confirm us that they do not possess a skeleton of bone, like the rest of vertebrates.
  5. The main predators of stingrays are orcas and sharks, although the latter is considered its closest relatives within the aquatic world.

Flying Manta Ray

Join us on the Pez Gato to witness these magnificent Sea Creatures in their natural environment!

Whale watching, a natural spectacle that you can’t miss

Each year, whales travel more than 9,000 kilometers from the Bering Sea in North America to reach the coasts of Baja California and Baja California Sur in Mexico. These specimens arrive to reproduce and have their calves in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez.

The birth of whales in the area of ​​Baja California Sur, occurs between the months of January and April of each year. Beginning in December, you can see the whales migrating past Land’s End, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.   Among the whales most seen in the peninsula are the Humpback Whale and the Gray Whale.

The Gray Whale is a mammal that can measure up to 15 meters in length and weigh about 36 tons and feeds mainly on small crustaceans.  Its skin is gray and is usually covered with white crustaceans, and it is recognized as a very calm and friendly mammal. While the Humpback Whale is distinguished by its large size. It is recognized for its spectacular jumps, fin strokes, pectorals and tail.

Where can you do whale watching? 

The sighting of whales is an important part for the awareness of conservation and protection of our precious marine mammals. With the advent of ecotourism, Baja California now draws nature lovers from all over the world. There are many popular areas in the state of Baja California Sur to observe these gentle giants.   

– San Ignacio Lagoon

Located in the heart of the El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, the San Ignacio Lagoon is the destination of more than 300 individual Gray Whales. From December to April of each year, more than 10,000 tourists have the opportunity to have direct contact with these cetaceans that can weigh up to 40 tons and can measure up to 15 meters long.

– Scammon’s Lagoon

Located next to the town of Guerrero Negro, the mammals arrive to reproduce. The place combines a unique natural spectacle in which Gray Whales and marine life coexist with the most diverse birds and desert species. Getting to this place is not easy, but there are tours that leave from Ensenada, north of Baja California, which includes transportation and lodging.

Magdalena Bay

It is world famous not only for being one of the three breeding sites of the Gray Whale, it is also habitat for numerous species of migratory birds, fish and sea turtles. The whales in this area are very friendly during the sighting, approaching the boats to say hello. Their nicknames are the friendlies! You can leave from the coastal communities of Puerto San Carlos and Adolfo Lopez Mateos.

Bay of Los Cabos

From San José del Cabo to Cabo San Lucas, visitors have the opportunity to see Gray Whales that emerge to the surface to give a great spectacle for those who decide to have a closer encounter with these great creatures. In the destination there are different tours that offer you the opportunity to photograph the whales up close. Pez Gato Amazing Adventures offers two tours daily.  The Whale Watching Excursion includes breakfast, coffee andnational open bar during the tour. Also on board is a guide to help you identify the different whales and other sea life.

The season officially begins December 15thand ends on April 15th..   When visiting or if you are a local in Los Cabos, do not miss this exciting opportunity and book your reservations today!