The Grey Whale (a Baleen class of whale) can grow up to 52 feet long, weigh up to 36 tons, and live an average of fifty to sixty years. The big guys mostly inhabit American and Asian North Pacific waters, though one or two have been recently spotted in the Mediterranean.
For a while, the Grey Whale was also known as the Devil Fish because it was often incredibly aggressive, attacking whalers and other fishing vessels. However recent studies have shown that the whales’ violent behavior was not normal, and they only acted aggressively because they could sense when they were being hunted and would fight back. Thankfully, since hunting of the whales has declined and they are now out of danger, the whales’ recent behavior has become significantly sweeter. The DailyMail reports that now they’re almost as cuddly as a house-cat — at least around marine tourists in boats.
Whale watchers in San Ignacio, Mexico have recently made even better friends with these powerful creatures, who have actually been approaching whale-watching boats and demanding to be pet – especially on their tongues. It’s not just a fluke, either. These whales really do just enjoy the attention and care they get from their human admirers. Who doesn’t like a back scratch or tongue tickle now and again?
GreyWhale.com is a good source for helping you get hooked up with these whale-watching tours. You can go on their Baja Jones all-inclusive adventure, and maybe even have the chance to touch a Grey Whale up-close and in-person.