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By José Antonio Pérez
Cold weather and cool sea temperatures have led to early sightings of humpback whales and whale sharks, though still quite a way from Puerto Peñasco, affirmed Harbor master Luis Castro Galán.
The Harbor master went on to explain as temperatures drop, so does demand for beach services such as “banana” or jet-ski rides, meaning that several tourist boats start taking advantage of sightings by taking visitors to see these animals in their natural habitat.
As the whale watching season approaches (which in recent years has been anywhere from January to mid-March or so), the Harbor office has once again begun distributing information to service providers and boat owners regarding how to prevent situations that might put tourists at risk, along with a protocol to be followed in case of sightings.
The Harbormaster underlined the importance of taking these sightings seriously, and urged the general community to not exceed confidence when and if in the presence of these animals.