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San Quintín hopes to promote whale watching;
Number of gray whales seen migrating doubles

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

       gray whaleSan Quintín hopes to promote whale watching to draw in tourists and plan to bring the subject with the new Baja California tourism minister, Oscar Escobedo, when he comes to visit at the end of the month, El Mexicano reported (PDF). Most tourists wind up crossing into Baja California Sur state to see gray whales at Scammons Lagoon at Guerrero Negro (as pictured) and other locations.

     Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reported that the number of gray whales seen migrating south in December 2013 doubled the number seen in December 2012. It said whale spotters at Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes counted 364 whales in December 2013, 182 in December 2012 and 38 in December 2010. The paper said more than 20,000 gray whales migrate annually from Arctic waters to Baja California and Baja California Sur, and that it was unclear what the increased December numbers meant.
Los Angeles Times: "Number of gray whales seen migrating south doubles from a year ago: The jump in numbers has researchers wondering if the once endangered species is growing or if its migration patterns are changing."

Update, Feb. 8: Tourism minister visits San Quintín, El Mexicano reports (PDF). Story makes no mention of whale watching.