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What pushes whales north in the Baja

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Been reading our recent whale watching articles? Wondering why there seem to be more whales in Laguna  Ojo del Liebre than elsewhere? Dr Alejandro Gómez Gallardo, a research professor of Academic Department of Marine Biology, tells us why. Quite simply - El Niño. 

According to his research at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, the water warming phenomenon known as “El Niño" has caused a change in the distribution of whales around the waters of Baja California Sur.

Whales are much more used to cold maritime climates. They naturally seek out the “ideal” temperature and conditions for their calves. This is approximately 18 degrees. So because the more northerly waters of Laguna Ojo del Liebre are slightly cooler they tend to head there.

Previously, when the cooling effect of "La Niña" was in progress, the whales headed further south, to the slightly warmer waters of Magdalena Bay, Los Cabos and into the Gulf of California.

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