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Whale Watching in Bahía Solano

Whale Watching in Bahía Solano

Every year, between July and November, after a long journey, they arrive to the Colombian Pacific.

The Pacific Ocean, from the department of Nariño to Chocó, becomes between July and November of each year the place where humpback whales, after a long journey from Antarctica and southern Chile, seek their warm waters to mate, give light and raise their calves.
Colombia has unparalleled destinations to see whales, such as Bahía Málaga, Nuquí, Bahía Solano and the Gorgona and Utría National Natural Parks. Humpback whales belong to the group of bearded whales, which feed on groups of crustaceans and small fish. To cover the sufficient amount of food they use different techniques: when there are large patches of food on the surface, they are submerged and then come up with their mouths open and cover the largest amount of food; Another technique is through a column of bubbles, generated by the nostrils, to corner fish allowing the capture of large amounts of food.

The first whales to migrate to the tropics are nursing mothers, then juveniles, mature males, mature females, and finally pregnant females. Its speed during migration is 8 to 15 kilometers per hour.

The body of humpback whales is robust, has extremely long pectoral fins unlike other whales, which reach a third of the total size of the animal. The shape of its head is wide with a central keel and a series of tubers that also extend to the jaw.

As a curious fact, the whale’s breath consists of three elements, water vapor that comes from the lungs, mucus and seawater.

Humpback whales use a courtship method that is singing, lonely males emit sounds like songs and present behaviors such as jumps and bumps on the surface with their pectoral fins.

Whales do not sleep deeply and prolongedly, because breathing is an activity that requires awareness and not reflex. To rest they do it very close to the surface and go up just a little to breathe, this behavior makes them more vulnerable to collision with boats.

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Whales in Bahía Solano, Chocó

Whales in Bahía Solano, Chocó

Bahía Solano, in the department of Chocó, north of the Pacific coast of Colombia, is a unique natural paradise in the world where the tropical rainforest and the sea meet each other, where you can enjoy 60% of the biodiversity of the planet, with 25% of plant species that are only in this place. In addition to the magic of this natural wealth that allows you to see trees, flowers, birds, butterflies, frogs and roots of all colors and shapes, it is also possible to see humpback whales that migrate from Antarctica to mate and give birth to their calves , as well as living the experience of watching the sea turtles spawn and being part of the release of the turtles that are born and embark on their way to the sea.

The Utría National Natural Park is beautiful cove that leads to a path with mangroves, nature and beaches with corals; the Chadó River with its waterfalls; the Tundó river, surrounded by jungle and multicolored birds; and much more.
There are no words to describe the energy of the Colombian Pacific!

By: Catalina Franco Restrepo 
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