Patagonian whale - vacation travel photos. Valdes Peninsula of Argentina

Southern right whale. Patagonia. Have a good trip.

Since 1999, the Valdes Peninsula has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List

Argentina. Valdes Peninsula. Southern right whales. Your journey begins in the city of Puerto Madryn, it is located on the very coast of the Atlantic. In the bay goes almost half a kilometer pier on which you can walk. From it you can look at the games of whales and dormant sea lions. Huge animals, rejoicing in the sun, enjoys their life without paying any attention to you, and can, on the contrary, pose for you.

Valdes Peninsula is one of the best whale watching point in the world. Thousands of sea giants swim to the warm (for whales, not for humans) waters of the bay for breeding and nurturing offspring. Eubalaena australis, or southern smooth whale, is a species typical of these latitudes. An adult individual reaches 18 meters in length and weighs 80 tons - but until you see it with your own eyes, it is even difficult to imagine such dimensions. The southern smooth whale is an amazingly friendly and sociable creature. They float to the boats without fear and let them see themselves from all sides. Mothers with "babies" especially love to approach people, the length at birth already reaches 5-6 meters, and the weight is about one and a half tons.

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The coastal waters of the Valdez peninsula are one of those places where whales swim after a year of pregnancy to give birth to their young

Already in Puerto Madryn, you can see the first whales - jumping high out of the water, showing either a fin or a tail, raising fountains of water and circling in front of the ship's pier. The southern smooth whale is an excellent acrobat. All these amazing pirouettes of multi-ton giants are a way to communicate with each other. Gusts of wind will bring to us the incredible sounds that they make. You can also get to El Doradillo beach - thanks to the special relief of the bottom on this beach, whales have the opportunity to swim directly to the shore, they can be seen just a few meters from the surf.

Incredible Peninsula Valdes in Argentina. Whales swim to the peninsula Valdes from June to December to mate, also here you can meet sea lions, penguins, orcas, various birds and land animals. The coastal line of the peninsula Valdez is very picturesque: kilometers of sandy beaches, reefs and huge rocks. The coast of the peninsula is of crucial global importance for the conservation of rare species of marine mammals. In the Bay of Nuevo, which separates the Valdez Peninsula from mainland Patagonia, the water is calmer and warmer than in the open ocean. Such a feature of the local waters has determined favorable conditions for all marine life that swim here to breed and raise offspring. They include the southern whale.

Predatory mammals - the southern sea lion and the southern elephant seal - live here in whole colonies. Orcas fly to the coast of the peninsula of Argentina in search of food. On land, you can often find ostriches Nanda, mara, known as Patagonian guinea pig or Patagonian hare, as well as guanaco. In the north of the peninsula Valdez numerous penguin nests. Also, these places are chosen and the largest flocks of sea gulls, flamingos and cormorants.

Take good binoculars - everything can be quite far away, and there are still a lot of birds. Comfortable hiking boots and sunscreen are absolutely essential, and sunglasses will protect not only from the rays, but also from the wind. Panoramic camera or a camera with the option of shooting a panorama will help to make better landscape photos. There is no mandatory vaccination for this region, but check your insurance.

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