Cabo San Lucas, on the southern point of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, offers not only beautiful beaches but also countless wildlife spotting possibilities. Desert falcons, ospreys, hummingbirds, orioles, rose finches, chipmunks, iguanas, and even the unusual ring-tailed cat can be seen even in downtown Cabo.
Many people visit Cabo only for the purpose of partying. And they frequently miss out on the abundant natural wildlife that surrounds them. Take time to watch Cabo’s local wildlife – you won’t be disappointed.
The following is a list of some of the intriguing fauna that can be found in Cabo.
Bobcats, coyotes, mountain lions, foxes, raccoons, mule deer, and white-tailed deer are among the species that live in the wild. The desert bighorn, peninsular pronghorn, and black jackrabbit are all endangered species.
Sea lions and seals
Isla Guadalupe and neighboring islands are home to elephant seals and Guadalupe fur seals. California sea lions are more numerous and can be seen on and around several islands in the Sea of Cortez.
There are various dolphin varieties, such as spinner, spotted, and bottlenose, as well as the largest – Orcas, or killer whales – and the tiniest – the endangered vaquita porpoise.
Whales, particularly the popular gray whales, are undeniably one of the area’s most popular animal attractions. There are also blue, fin, sperm, humpback, minke, and bryde whales.
The Sea of Cortez has been dubbed “The World’s Natural Aquarium” by French marine researcher Jaques Cousteu. Here are a few of the species that may be found in the waters off Cabo San Lucas.
- Marlin and sailfish
- Sharks, among them the hammerhead, thresher, mako, sand, blue, bull, whitetip, blacktip, and whale shark.
- Corvinas, including the endangered totuava, sea bass, including grouper, flounder, halibut, and snappers, and several tuna species up to 400 pounds
- Rays – The Pacific manta ray has a wingspan of up to 23 feet and weighs approximately two tons. Eagle rays, stingrays, guitarfish, and other rays frequently rest on the sea’s sandy bottom.
- Squid, which grows to 15 feet long and weighs up to 330 pounds.
- Various shellfish including clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, and spiny lobster and shrimp, are found all along the coast.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Frogs, toads, and salamanders of various types can also be found in the region. Cabo is home to thirty different species of lizards, including the huge chuckwalla, desert iguana, and the rare coast-horned lizard.
The leatherback, green, hawksbill, western ridley, and loggerhead sea turtles all dwell in Cabo waters. All of these turtles are endangered, and hunting or collecting their eggs is prohibited.
There are 35 snake species in the area, with around half of them being deadly, though they rarely come into touch with humans.
The spotted leaf-nosed snake, Baja California rat snake, western blind snake, rosy boa, Baja sand snake, bull snake, coachwhip, western patch-nosed snake, California lyre snake, and king snake are all nonvenomous varieties.
The yellow-bellied sea snake, 18 species of rattlesnake, including the western diamondback, red diamondback, and common Baja California rattler, are all venomous.
There are at least 300 identified Cabo bird species that include:
Birds of the Coast
Brown pelicans can be found in abundance in Cabo San Lucas. The beautiful frigate bird, egret, gull, fisher eagle, cormorant, heron, sandpiper, loon, osprey, plover, sandpiper, and tern are among the other notable birds.
Birds That Live in Freshwater
The white-faced ibis, common moorhen, bittern, snow goose, northern harrier, American coot, two species of duck, heron, rail, sandpiper, lesser scaup, shoveler, common snipe, sora, roseate spoonbill, wood stork, teal, northern waterthrush, and American wigeon can all be found in the inland lakes, streams, and marshes.
Birds of the Sierra
Hummingbirds, vireos, and warblers live in the Sierra, as do the golden eagle, black-headed grosbeak, western flycatcher, lesser goldfinch, red-tailed hawk, pheasant, yellow-eyed junco, mountain plover, white-breasted nuthatch, acorn woodpecker, and canyon wren.
Birds of the Desert
Falcons, flycatchers, hawks, turkey vultures, thrashers, owls, sparrows, and hummingbirds live in the hot, dry desert habitat. Also found here are American kestrels, merlins, larger roadrunners, vernons, ladder-backed woodpeckers, and cactus wrens.
Going on a Cabo Wildlife Safari?
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