"Baby Katy 2.5"
Adrienne Deliso, Guide/Naturalist at San
Ignacio Lagoon, Mexico
Photo Adrienne Deliso, Baja Ecotours
named one of the newborn calves "Katy 2.5." This happened
because every time we were in the boat named Katy
2, this cow/calf pair
would come to the boat. By the end of the week guests were scrambling
who would ride in Katy 2 because this boat was the "magic
A Big Tease
about 5 weeks old in this February photo. She is just full of life!
She teases us by staying just out of reach as guests
her. Then she will suddenly lunge forward with what looks like a large grin,
with her eyes bright and locked on the boat and people she is flirting with.
a joy to watch! Mom is a bit shy. She keeps close tabs on
baby but comes closer enough for some pets now and then.
amazing to see the close bond between mother and baby. We all are moved
at how the baby whales slide across mom’s back and are constantly
touching mom. Sometimes when the baby is at the side of the boat,
mom is just under the surface, watching with a cautious eye.
Power and Beauty
watched this same mom/calf pair when it was time for them to move on;
mom porpoised out of the water, dove with her huge fluke next to
the boat, then breached only once just a little way out from the boats.
Such an incredible display of strength and protection for her calf!
We all were in awe of the power and beauty of this whale.
This! Journal or Discussion Question
- In what
whale moms and babies like human moms and babies? Write a paragraph
or make a Venn diagram to show your thoughts.