The Gulf of California has a remarkable diversity of marine mammals. The upwelling of cold, nutrient waters supports nearly 1/3 of the world's cetacean (whale and dolphin) species.
A pod of common dolphins transiting in front of Isla Datil
A solitary young sperm whale investigating our small boat by Isla Datil
Two common dolphins seen through the clear surface waters of the gulf
A Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus) pauses its ascent momentarily, hovering motionless just under the surface of the Gulf of California with a mouth full of krill. A moment later, the 70-foot long whale slowly slipped above the water.
A pod of transiting short-finned pilot whales
A pod of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) porpoises on the glassy surface of the Gulf of California.
Short-finnedilot whales transiting in the Gulf
Surfacing Fin Whale
A common dolphin and young calf
A fin whale blows in front of desert topography in the morning sun
A lunge-feeding fin whale
A Minke Whale just below the surface
A pod of common dolphins
A sperm whale fluke
Two Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncates) swim just below the surface on a calm day in the Gulf of California.
A young sperm whale takes a curious look at us in the Gulf of California
A fin whale cow and calf pair surfacing in glassy conditions
A transiting pod of common dolphins. A calf is clearly viable in the center of the frame.
An energetic leap of a common dolphin during a feeding frenzy.
The immense tail fin of a sperm whale resting on the surface