We are ready to start the new whale watch season 2021-2022!

The new whale watch season 2021-2022 has begun, and we are more than prepared to face new challenges and respond to reports of entangled whales in the Mexican Pacific and the Baja California Peninsula.

We currently have 15 RABEN teams, and we are proud to say that in the last 9 years, we have rescued 63 whales.

We are ready to save more whales!


RABEN teams along the Mexican Pacific coastline.

Every year, we hold workshops to prepare for the rescue of more whales. This year, from October to December 2021, we were able to train a total of 117 people in workshops and drills about large whale entanglement held in Huatulco, San Blas, Cabo San Lucas, and Banderas Bay. We were able to accomplish this thanks to the local support of RABEN members and Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) personnel, the collaboration of Opequimar Centro Marino, and funding from the World Wildlife Fund Mexico (WWF) and the Biomar Foundation.

We also have a new Dingy “RABEN Blu” that will be very useful in rescue maneuvers.


Huatulco, Oaxaca: October 4-5 of 2021.

San Blas, Nayarit: October 25-26 of 2021.

Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S: November 8-9 of 2021.

Banderas Bay, Jal-Nay: December 2nd of 2021.

RABEN teams are currently prepared to respond to reports of entanglements during the season.


Acknowledgments to RABEN members for their incredible work.

What should you do if you come across an entangled whale?

It is critical to receive reports on time and with accurate information in order to save the whales. Please help us spread this video. The most important thing to remember is that you should never go into the water to try to save a whale because you would be putting your life in danger. These types of reports should only be attended by those who have received the necessary training and authorization (RABEN).

Whales and RABEN members are counting on you! Without a proper report we cannot rescue the whales.


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Constelación, the star of Banderas Bay!

Constellation (FIBB ID: 4BB006) is a known female in our FIBB catalog since 1998. She has returned to Banderas Bay during 14 different seasons: 1998, 1999, 2001-2004, 2006, 2008-2011, 2013-2015, and 2017.

We usually see her in courtship groups one year and then with a calf the next. She has given birth to a total of 6 calves (2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2014)!

She is a strong and productive female and a quiet mother who we occasionally see breaching.

Constellation feeds in Oregon and California, with Banderas Bay serving as its only known breeding site.


Mapa of the route taken by Constelación.

 

Thank you for your help!
We would like to express our gratitude to the CONANP staff of Huatulco National Park, Isla Isabel National Park, Los Cabos Flora and Fauna Protection Area, World Wildlife Fund Mexico (WWF), and Biomar Foundation for their assistance in carrying out the RABEN workshops.
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