When we returned to Loreto, we took a Panga to see the Blue Whales.
Watching Blue Whales is very different from Gray Whales. The water is deep and the Blue Whales stay under for 15 minutes
at a time and only stay up for a few gulps of air. The guide must be very good at anticipating where the Blue Whales will come
up. Usually, the first sign that the whale has come up is the sound of air exhaling. The guide then starts the motor and rushes
the boat as fast as possible to the vicinity of the blow for a chance at a brief look at the whale before it goes down for another
In the picture below, you can tell how close we are to shore as the tower in the background is the control tower at the Loreto
When the whale takes its last gulp of air, the tail rises predictably. Below, a sequence of tail in the dive.
In the following picture, the town of Loreto is visible in the background.