Yes, whales can be found traveling throughout the waters of the gulf of Mexico.
In fact there are over 25 different species of whale and dolphin that can be found swimming, living and traveling through the waters of the gulf of Mexico.
The warm weather, connecting rivers and waterways and abundant food supply makes the Gulf of Mexico an ideal place for whales and other marine mammals to travel through whether for breeding purposes or to reach another destination.
Some of the most popular whale species known to inhibit the Golf of Mexico include the blue whale, fin whale, humpback whale, minke whale, northern right whale, sei whale and the sperm whale, however there are many other lesser known whales that also inhibit these waters such as Blainsville’s beaked whale, Bryde’s whale, the dwarf sperm whale, Gervais’ beaked whale and Sowerb’s beaked whale among other species.
As stated earlier the Golf of Mexico is also home to various dolphin species such as the bottlenose dolphin, Clymene dolphin, Fraser’s dolphin, the killer whale, pan-tropical spotted dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, rough-toothed dolphin and the striped dolphin among a number of other dolphin species.
Here is a short list containing some of the whales and dolphins that can be found in the Golf of Mexico.
- Blainsville’s beaked whale
- Blue whale
- Bottlenose dolphin
- Bryde’s whale
- Clymene dolphin
- Fin whale
- Fraser’s dolphin
- Gervais’s beaked whale
- Humpback whale
- Killer whale
- Minke whale
- Northern right whale
- Pantropical spotted dolphin
- Risso’s dolphin
- Rough-toothed dolphin
- Sowerb’s beaked whale
- Sei whale
- Stripped dolphin
- Sperm whale
- Dwarf sperm whale
Depending on the whales species some whales will travel to the Gulf of Mexico to breed and bear offspring.
Breeding for these whales typically occurs during the colder winter months when the water near the northern/southern polar hemispheres begin to freeze over causing their food supply to migrate away and look for warmer environments.
During this time certain whale species will also migrate away from the freezing waters towards the more tropical climates of the Gulf of Mexico.
Mating season will typically occur over the course of several months until the waters around the northern/southern polar hemispheres begin to warm up again.
Not all species are known to make long migration trips though as they may choose to live in and around the Gulf of Mexico throughout the year making short migration trips or inhibiting the same environment regardless of season.
Information about the Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico is a large oval-shaped section of ocean that is mostly surrounded by land and encompassed by the United States, Mexico and Cuba.
This large oval-shaped basin is over 615, 000 square miles.
The Gulf of Mexico contains an affluent biodiversity of animals and is home to many different aquatic species such as plankton, fish, squid, shrimp, crab and oysters, which are important for maintaining the health of this basin and feeding other marine animals such as whales, dolphins, porpoises and seabirds.
This area of the ocean is an important waterway for boats and ships that transport goods to various from one location to the next.
It is also an area of concern for environmentalists as more ships traveling through the Gulf of Mexico it creates more opportunities for water pollution, which can affect both the ocean life and the people who rely on its water to survive.
Depending on the area and time of year the average temperature of the Gulf of Mexico can range from 60 – 80 degrees.
This warm weather has been known to cause massive hurricanes which feed on the warm air and waters current in order to magnify itself in size.
Recent hurricane activity has led to concern regarding areas that surround the Gulf of Mexico.
In regards to earthquakes the Gulf of Mexico appears fairly inactive, however trimmers are known to occur at random times.
For more information on the Gulf of Mexico be sure to check out this excellent article on Wikipedia.