Gray Whale Annual Cycle

January February March April May June
July August September October November December


Courting, Mating, Giving Birth
During January, southbound gray whales are courting and mating along the migration route. Many of the migrants reach the warm lagoons of Mexico. Mother whales begin to give birth to their young. Tourists are also arriving to visit the nursery lagoons, the only place where up-close encounters with friendly moms and babies are possible.

Facts and Photo


Tourists watch baby gray whale in San Ignacio Lagoon.
Keith Jones, Baja Jones Adventures
Gray Whale Migration Map


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