Field Report From Ecuador
The small coastal village of Puerto Lopez, Ecuador kicked off the whale season with A colorful celebration of El Festival de las Ballenas, honoring a sixteen year tradition of colorful dance, song and culture. This annual event brings community, local politicians and various organizations together to celebrate the presence of the Humpback Whales.
The whale festival also marks the official launch of the whalewatch season and what locals call a “prosperous time”. From the first whalewatching tours some fifteen years ago this quiet community has benefited from steady economic growth.