Un video davvero emozionante che arriva dalla Bassa California, in Messico, mostra l’incredibile incontro di alcuni escursionisti con una balena grigia. Ogni anno le balene grigie arrivano dall’Alaska in questa zona del Messico e qui allevano i loro cuccioli appena nati, che non sono in gradi di compiere il lungo viaggio verso nord. Nel video si vede un esemplare straordinariamente amichevole che gioca con gli escursionisti e si avvicina a loro per farsi accarezzare:
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"A Journey of A Thousand Miles" – 🔵Maestro's Notes: This amazing encounter was filmed on location in Baja California, Mexico courtesy of Pancho and Charlie and the team at Silver Shark Adventures @silversharkadventures – Laguna Ojo de Liebre is one of 3 lagoons where these types of encounters occur and they’re all located in Baja California, Mexico. Every winter the grey whales arrive from Alaska to nurture their newborn calves until they are strong enough to make the voyage back up north. They endure a 12,000 mile (19.3 thousand km) round trip journey…the longest known migration of any mammal. My friends @bdecarlo02 Clarence Chan and myself traveled approximately 1/10th of that distance for memories that will last a lifetime. Well worth the journey! – 🔵The Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus), also known as the grey whale, gray back whale, Pacific gray whale, or California gray whale is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. It reaches a length of 14.9 meters (49 ft), a weight of 36 tonnes (40 short tons), and lives between 55 and 70 years. The common name of the whale comes from the gray patches and white mottling on its dark skin.Gray whales were once called devil fish because of their fighting behavior when hunted. The gray whale is the sole living species in the genus Eschrichtius, which in turn is the sole living genus in the family Eschrichtiidae. The gray whale is distributed in an eastern North Pacific (North American) population and a critically endangered western North Pacific (Asian) population. North Atlantic populations were extirpated (perhaps by whaling) on the European coast before AD 500 and on the American coast around the late 17th to early 18th centuries.The round-trip journey of one gray whale has set a new record for the longest mammal migration, covering a distance of more than 22,000 kilometres across the Pacific Ocean. Her migration has shown new insight into how endangered species are making drastic changes in their life style.