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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Postcard from Mexico Number 3

by Claudia Rey

Whales start to migrate in January, from cold countries as Alaska and British Columbia to Baja California and its warmer waters. One morning, all of a sudden, someone calls Ballenas! and there they are, jumping out of the waves, blowing sprays of water and then plunging in the deep again. They know where to go and when, but they also communicate among them with a complicate system of sounds which can carry across an incredible distance. They use these songs to warn each other, to encourage the youngsters, to flirt or love. Following this amazing net of melodies, whales have been travelling across the oceans for thousands of years. No tickets to book, no luggage to carry around, no jet lag. They simply go. Majestic, quiet, beautiful. It must be great to be a whale.

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