Whale species in Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico.

WHALE SPECIES

The most common baleen whale species we see in Huatulco is the Central American Humpback whale. During their annual migration, they begin arriving in early November and the last whales migrate north in mid-April. They are abundant during the whale watching season in Huatulco, which is from December 15 to March 23. We also see Bryde’s whales, known as tropical whales, throughout the year in Huatulco.

There are also species of toothed whales and beaked whales that are rarely seen in Huatulco, including; sperm whales, dwarf sperm whales, cuvier’s beaked whales and pygmy beaked whales.

HUMPBACK WHALE
The most common species of whale we see in Huatulco is the Central American Humpback whale.

HUMPBACK WHALE

Megaptera novaeangliae

The humpback whale is a large baleen whale that grows up to 15 meters, weigh 40,000 kilos and can live for more than 70 years. Their bodies are robust and they have the longest pectoral fins of any baleen whale. There are many unique populations around the world, and we now know that there are demographically independent population segments (DIPS) within these larger populations. The humpback whales we see in Huatulco are members of the Central American DIPS and their winter range is from Oaxaca to Panama.

BRYDE’S WHALE

Bryde's whales, also known as tropical fin whales, can be seen in Huatulco all year round.

BRYDE’S WHALE

Balaenoptera edeni brydei

Bryde’s whale or tropical whale is a baleen whale that grows up to 15 meters, weighs 40,000 kilos and can live more than 70 years. Their bodies are slender like most fin whales, and they have a falcate dorsal fin. There are many distinct populations around the world, many have now been identified as unique species, such as Rice’s and Omura’s whales. The Bryde’s whales we see in Huatulco do not migrate and can be seen year-round in Huatulco along the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico.