Patagonian whales - vacation travel photos. Peninsula of southern whales. Valdes. Argentina

Patagonia: an incredible journey. Southern right whale.


Whales come into the bay to reproduce and raise offspring, and the water here is warmer than in the ocean

Whale season and spring in Northern Argentina. To get to the Valdes Peninsula, you can book a tour in any travel agency which has a large number around the embankment, and even in the city itself, or go by car or by taxi. In the town of Puerto Pyramides, there are only about 600 residents, the main occupation of which is the organization of sea excursions with the opportunity to look at the whales from close range, sometimes it is 3-5 meters. When a whale floats near you or swims under a boat, you are really in shock, it is so huge and how small the boat seems to be. There are many boats in the bay and the captains, communicating with each other by radio, tell each other where they have recently seen whales.

Patagonia: an unforgettable journey. Going on a trip to Argentina, tourists tend to visit Patagonia, because Valdes Peninsula has a great opportunity to observe whales. When the whales swim to the shore, only separate fragments are visible - the head, fins, and tails. In open water, whales often do flips, jumping high out of the water. Thus, the whales are shown in front of their ladies. In addition, in windy weather, such somersaults help the whales to communicate. To ensure the conditions of ecological tourism in Puerto Piramides, there are six companies that provide boats with a capacity of 70 people for whale watching for at least an hour and a half.

On Earth, more than 4,260 species of a wide variety of mammals are known. But today, disputes over the systematization of species continue. By their number of species, mammals are able to yield to another class of vertebrates - these are reptiles, of which there are about 6,787 species worldwide. It is worth considering that in the world there are approximately 9,703 species of birds and more than 28,000 species of fish. Each year, scientists discover new species of animals that live on land or in the depths of the oceans. The largest mammal in the world is a whale, even if it lives in water. The whale is considered much larger than even the largest dinosaur in history. The female blue whale reaches a length of 33.58 meters. The heaviest whale that was once found weighed 190 tons. But this weight was established hypothetically, because his remains were weighed. This weight can be compared with a mass of 30 elephants or 150 of the largest bulls.

Whales have been known to man for a long time, but for a long time there was no exact data about their life. Therefore, they were considered fish of enormous size. Only after the whaling began did people realize their mistake and realized that whales are not fish, but marine mammals. The whale has lungs, breathes air, gives birth to live small whales and feeds them with its milk. In size, the whales are indeed very large. There are no large animals on the globe than whales.

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The best time to observe the southern whales and their offspring are considered to be September - November

The nature reserve Peninsula Valdes is widely known all over the world for its rich wildlife. There are a lot of whales there. They are absolutely not afraid of people and swim up close to the shore at high tide. The characteristic features of the Southern right whale are the large head, which is about a third of the length of the body, and the absence of the dorsal fin. Only close you can truly appreciate the size of these animals.

The Valdes Peninsula is located on the eastern (Atlantic) coast of South America and is probably one of the largest. The mainland is connected by the isthmus Carlos-Ameghino, only 10km wide. Much of the peninsula is deserted. On its territory there are several salt lakes, and the largest of them lies forty meters below sea level. The Valdes Peninsula is not only a landmark in Argentina, but also the site of the greatest concentration of southern smooth whales on the planet. Already today, their number reaches 7 thousand individuals.

Southern Patagonia, stretching across the territories of Chile and Argentina, has been luring travelers for centuries for its remoteness from the rest of the world, huge century-old glaciers and mesmerizing wild landscapes. Here, in various national parks, you can see snow-capped mountains, fjords and virgin forests. At the southernmost tip of South America, huge icebergs crash from the huge glacier that hides the earth for centuries, and float into the ocean.



Patagonia is a harsh wild land with narrow rivers and fjords, with steep slopes and steep mountains, glacial valleys blown by cold winds. There are such wonders of nature as the granite towers in Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glasyares National Park with huge glaciers, colorful sedimentary rocks and stunning beauty of emerald lakes and rivers.

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