We spent the whole day at Adolfo Lopez Mateos port and town, a reputedly great place for whale watching. We boarded fiberglass boats called ‘pangas’ driven by local fishermen who are very knowledgeable about gray whale behavior. We explored the shores of Magdalena Island by panga, observing its amazing sand dunes, mangroves, and birds, both resident and migratory. We observed a mother gray whale with a young calf doing what they do in the bay. These moments were totally life changing.