Patagonia, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Detailed Information about Whales in Patagonia

Something to Remember
Text: Pablo Etchevers
"Everyday the whales teach us something new and the experience of watching them is spiritually wonderful. Whenever I watch a right whale, I feel small and this makes me think about those who believe that man is the center of the universe, when in fact we are just a minute part of Nature", are usually the words used by the guides to welcome groups who wish to watch the whales. There is no doubt that these words make up the ideal preface before each boat gets out to the violet sea waters near small Puerto Pirámides.

The most longed-for moment comes when, once at sea, somebody shouts "there they are". Those three words are enough for all spectators to start applauding the show performed by these great mammals.
Southern Right Whale
It is hard to put it into words. It has to be experienced. I had the chance to watch them more than once and the act they present before us is never the same but it is always amazing.

Visitors have to see them in action, understand how they got here, appreciate the costumes and make up, watch them follow the script of their tails and jumps or even understand their improvisations when they come close without anybody realizing they are just a few centimeters away.

Therefore, we should applaud every act they perform, as they certainly are performers who make use of the gift nature has given them. It is known for sure: they have not been in aquariums or oceanariums and the only world they know is this one, where they struggle for survival everyday and to preserve the species from natural enemies, among which, unfortunately, man is included. They have always done this and they will always do.

I cannot continue writing now. I feel deeply moved. It happens to me whenever I talk about them.
Southern Right Whale

Ballena Franca Austral

Slow, Very Slow

Curious and calm, the southern right whales swim slowly across the cold waters of the southern seas at a maximum speed of 9 to 11 kilometers per hour. Very slowly. Nevertheless, this is an ideal speed for tourists to take pictures and videos of their movements and jumps.
Canopy

Canopy is a new adventure sport whose main objective is to offer a unique activity and a different ecological experience which consists in not altering the habitat.
The feeling of going through the Valdivian forest or the Andean Patagonian forest from the tops of the trees, swinging or hanging in the middle of nowhere, is both funny and exciting.

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Paleontology

Approximately 65 million years ago, a large percentage of vegetables and animals suddenly became extinct. It was in the late Cretaceous period and there are various theories about it. Some scientists attribute this event to a gradual process that finally led to selective extinction. Others assert that a catastrophe, such as an asteroid hitting the Earth, caused these species mass extinction.

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