Patagonia, Monday, January 26, 2015

Detailed Information about Whales in Patagonia

The Southern Right Whale
Text: Pablo Etchevers
Watching the southern right whale is one of the most awesome experiences man can have.

Considered endangered, the southern right whale gets its name from history and its vulnerable characteristics during capture. For such reason, the national government resolved to declare it Natural Monument in 1984.

As it is a very slow animal which floats once it is dead, unlike the rest of mammals, which must be injected air in order to avoid sinking, it has been named the "right whale" to hunt.
Southern Right Whale
If we also consider the fact that a specimen equals 40 barrels of oil, which represents 7,200 liters, no wonder the name "right whale" is the most appropriate.

The right whale used to dwell in a wide strip ranging from 20º to 60º latitude in the North Pacific, the North Atlantic, the South Atlantic, the South Indian and part of the South Pacific. There are two kinds of right whale: one in the Northern hemisphere and one in the Southern hemisphere. Hence, their names.

The waters of our country are one of the few places these magnificent cetaceans choose to breed. Year after year, thousands of visitors are delighted with the jumps, the tails and the behavior displayed by these giants of the sea.
Southern Right Whale

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Callosities

The right whale callosities are their most representative icons. They are the whales' fingerprints, which let us differentiate them from one another. Most of these callosities are located on the head, on the lips, on the jaw and on the eyes, though the most important ones are located on the tip of their muzzle.
Horseback Excursions

Those who wish to experiment something new may choose a horseback ride over mountains, amidst forests, along beaches or across streams with the whole family enjoying beautiful moments.
It is ideal to go on these excursions guided by the local experts and on docile Creole horses.
If you are going on a short excursion, it is not necessary that you can ride. A quick theoretical chat with the guide will be enough for you to get used to the reins.

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Patagonian wines

Located in the southern end of the American continent, Patagonia meets several natural conditions and characteristics ideal for growing vineyards.
Pure air, clear skies and endless silences are only interrupted by the whispers of the winds that cross the area from the Andes Mountain Range to the Atlantic Ocean, carrying the mysterious aromas of the bushes and the wild berries.

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