The Sea of Cortez is such a beautiful treasure. Here, In Arizona, we may live in the desert, but in less than 4 hours from Phoenix and Tucson one can stick their toes in the cystal clear blue water, play in the soft sand and eat delicious food. Now, added to the other fabulous reasons to go to the beach, (I can think of thousands)…we have an abundance of happy, flipping whales dancing around our sea with the dolphin and the sea lions. Just this weekend, a group of us went out on a boat and came upon two types of the happy creatures. The humpback whale and the fin whale.
First, our captain Bill Hensler with binoculars in hand met us at the hot spot for whale sightings...Casa del Captain, a restaurant that sits on the top of ironically, Whale Hill, with a magnificent view of the town of Puerto Penasco and the beautiful sea. Just like a treasure map, he spotted the spray in the distance, and we knew our direction for our quest. After the group enjoyed a wonderful lunch, we were off to the marina to board our boat and look for whales. It didn’t take long …after venturing just a few miles off shore we spotted our first group of humpbacks. From there we noticed the much bigger Fins to our south, twice the size of our boat and jetting out a spray about 50 feet in the air. The humpbacks appeared much friendlier, even waving their fins and showing off how close they could come to the boat. The larger fins majestically huge and beautiful kept their distance but spouted off their spray splendidly.
Check out the video. Definitely, not a national geographic winner for photography excellence... but hearing the excited voices of seeing a whale for the first time will make you smile an imagine you are on the boat. Make your plans now for next year to watch the whales…soon they will be headed back, experts stating 2013 is one of the largest migration of whales. Plan your trip to Rocky Point. Witness a spectacular sight! Check out www.cometorockypoint.com for boat trips, condos and hotels.