12 DECEMBER 1997. MEXICO, BAJA CALIFORNIA: MARINE MAMMALS

Just back from Baja - sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez. Great trip! Snorkeled with a Giant Manta, LOTS of sea lion pups and their mothers. Hard for me to think El Nino is having a negative effect.

The last big El Nino, in '83, the whales arrived, stayed & departed as they always have done. Think of it this way, they have had millions of years of migration and many El Nino's during that time. We do anticipate a wet season but that doesn't bother the whales! The whales are not feeding on their journey south to the lagoons. They live off stored fat during their migration and are mating and giving birth while in the lagoons. But, remember, Nature has no guarantees."--Jeanne, Baja Expeditions <travel@adnc.com>.

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