Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Animals

Wilderness Wonders: Farthest Migrator

The Gray Whale swims thousands of miles to mate- and you were complaining about picking up the dinner bill.

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+ Sign up for Outside+ today.

Biggest Cave | Scariest Predator | Driest Desert | Hottest Geysers | Largest Glacier | Highest Peak | Tallest Tree | Highest Biodiversity | Largest Primate | Most Active Volcano | Strangest Rock Formation | Biggest Bear | Largest Crater | Farthest Migrator | Tallest Waterfall

What Every October, gray whales leave their feeding grounds in Arctic waters and swim up to 7,000 miles south along the Pacific coast, reaching a handful of Baja lagoons by December for two months of mating and giving birth to 1,500-pound calves. There, lucky boaters can get within a paddle length of a 45-foot-long, 40-ton giant that was almost hunted to extinction in the early 20th century (international protection granted in the 1940s allowed the population to rebound to more than 20,000 whales).

Where Baja California, Mexico. Scammon’s Lagoon (aka Ojo de Liebre), San Ignacio Lagoon, and Magdalena Bay are Baja’s big three–but you’ll have to take a guided panga (boat) tour for up-close access. Nearby Laguna Manuela doesn’t have as many whales, but kayaking and beach camping are allowed. kayakbaja.com