An Abundance of Wildlife on Peninsula Valdes

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So tacky, yet so cool.
We got our first glimpse of the whales in the area when we took a walk along the pier in Puerto Madryn and hour or so after arrising in the town so it was looking promising for a little wildlife excusion. Next morning we took a day trip to Peninsula Valdes from our hostel in Puerto Madryn to visit the elephant seal, sealion and penguin colonies and see the whales.

We had an absolutely amazing day, hopefully the pictures give some idea! First stop was to watch the whales from the beach - because the beach shelved so steeply they were able to come really close to the beach; they were literally just 10m away. Then on to see the elephant seals and sealions on a beach further up the coast. The elephant seals were HUGE! This was followed by penguins, they're just such comical little birds, they're fab. While on the bus driving between sites we saw choiques, hares, burrowing owls, guanacos and an armidillo which was possibly the cutest thing ever. Then the day was finished with 1.5 hours on a boat to watch the whales. I don't have enough superlatives to describe seeing a 17m whale breach next to the boat or the females rolling to avoid the attentions of the males while the males do their best to impress.
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So tacky, yet so cool.
So tacky, yet so cool.
ARMADILLO!!!!!! Crunchy on the out…
ARMADILLO!!!!!! Crunchy on the ou…
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Our whalewatching vessel
Our whalewatching vessel
Peninsula Valdes
photo by: cmgervais