Even with no local contacts, Lopez Mateo in February is incredible. There were whales everywhere. We were blessed with lovely weather (which is probably not uncommon.) The whales were amazingly friendly and came up close to the panga, frequently accompanied by the calves. It was truly an unforgettable experience to be close enough to these massive animals to pet them. What an extraordinary thrill! By the way, the white areas are barnacles and the pink a type of sea lice, both unique to grey whales. The pink especially looks ugly but it is fine.