What a coincidence! There we were, preparing for our trip to Mazatlán and La Paz, in when Bárbara sent us an email saying she was in México (!) studying Grey Whales with PRIMMA (Programa de Investigación de Mamíferos Marinos de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur).
Needless to say that we immediately forwarded Bárbara 288 euros to help her with her research, which focuses on the astonishingly long migration that these animals undergo annualy, from Baja California, all the way up to Alaska, and then back. Grey Whales fill their guts with yummy krill up north during the Summer, and then swim south for the Winter, to have their pups and escape the rigors of extremely cold and rough waters up north.
Sadly many animals have been found dead along the long North American shoreline, so Bárbara and her researcher friends are doing all they can to understand this phenomenon while, even more importantly, finding ways to decrease human impact on these magnificent creatures.