On of the joys in living on the west coast of North America is the annual migration of the Gray Whales from Alaska to the Sea of Cortez. Even from a great distance you can spot them because of the double spout that forms the distinctive Heart Shaped Blow. These huge gentle creatures make the trip to have their calves in Mexico. In many locations along the way, you can take boats out to view the whales from a distance always looking for the valentine blow.
In the Sea of Cortez during the season when the calves have grown to a safe size, you can get close enough to swim with them or pet them from the open boats. Once you have fallen in love, it is a blow to the heart whenever you hear of them being harmed in any way. Should you ever have the opportunity, try to make an echo of the trip taken by John Steinbeck and Doc Ricketts on the Sea of Cortez to see the hearts of the sea for yourself.