name is Vanessa and I live in Huntington Beach,
my parents and my little sister, Olivia. My family
decided to go see the gray whales in Baja’s Ojo de Liebre
Lagoon one February when I was 9 years old. First, I wanted to learn as much as
possible about where we were going, and about the gray whales.
stuff I didn’t know before. Much of it was from the Journey
North website. My sister and I made lapbooks from the information
lapbook is made from file folders and has flaps that have questions
about the whales and, when you lift them, have the answers. There
are also pockets with vocabulary words and whale facts. It is decorated
with photos from the trip.
I learned about the gray whale migration, how to spot gray whales, about the
lagoons in Baja, what and how much they eat and about their behavior.
drove to the lagoon with my grandparents, stopping overnight in
the town of Catavina. The drive was about 10 hours and it was very
beautiful. We stayed in the town of Guerrero Negro and went whale
watching two days in little boats called pangas that can only hold
10 people. Our guide told us that there were about 550 whales in
the lagoon. The first day I saw about 50 whales. It was a very
calm day. There were a lot of mothers and babies about 20 feet
I came home, I wrote this poem:
When I saw a whale I felt happiness, peace, joy and calmness
When I pet a whale it felt cool, smooth soft and creamy
When I listened to a whale I heard splashing, breathing
I love whales!
name is Olivia and I am 7 years old. I loved seeing the whales.
I liked petting them even more! The lagoon is called Ojo de Liebre,
which means Jackrabbit because that is how the shape of it looks.
I learned that baby whales are called pickleheads and I saw why—they
look like big black pickles! The baby whales are born black. They
turn gray as they get older and get barnacles.
learned about breaching, but when we were whale watching I saw
a whale breach over and over again, about eight times! I didn’t
know they could do that.
the way home we stopped in a town called Catavina. We hiked up
a steep hill with many rocks. When we got to the top we saw cave
paintings that were hundreds of years old. They were painted in
orange and yellow and black. There were shiny spots where they
may have had a fire. Before we got home, I had already decided
that I wanted to go back!
is the Baja Peninsula, or the state of Baja California Mexico.
The four main nursery lagoons are the dots on the map. Can you
find Ojo de Liebre?
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