Patagonia, Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Detailed Information about Whales in Patagonia

Several Figures, the Same Whale
Texto: Pablo Etchevers
The real number of right whales today is a true dilemma. It is said that there are large populations distributed all throughout the planet. However, some experts, including biologists and ecologist and conservationist associations assure that the species is still endangered:

  - According to Wikipedia, the southern right whale population reaches 12,000 specimens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Right_Whale).
Southern Right Whale
- Sea World Foundation estimates that 40,000 specimens of southern right whale were killed between 1785 and 1939, and that today there are only 1,500 specimens (http://www.seaworld.org/infobooks/baleen/estimatesbw.html)

  - According to Argentinian biologists, approximately 1,200 southern right whales visito the Patagonian shores.
Southern Right Whale
- Some whale-protecting associations assert that, according to data prior to 1700, the whale population surpassed the 100,000 specimens. By the early XX century, the population barely reached 1,000 specimens. A real ecological disaster.

Ballena Franca Austral

Do Whales Play?

The jumps and splashes they manage with their fins and tail would represent a way of communicating or playing with their peers. However, there is no doubt that the spectators of these games are many times human beings, who celebrate and wait for them with our cameras and camcorders ready to capture these moments.
Patagonian estancias

The rise of the estancias has changed the empty limitless space into a rural production environment that enabled the country to be positioned among the first suppliers of raw material in the world.
Towards the south, the estancias have given the scenery a new shape. Getting through the harsh winter, the intense snowfalls and the incessant wind, they have become real settlements scattered in the vastness of the fields.

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Patagonia hot springs

Patagonia has a great deal of geographical faults with remarkable geothermal and volcanic activity. These features explain the existence of various sources with hot spring waters. The diversity existing in this area of South America ranges from warm water issuing from the ground, rich in minerals, to geysers with boiling water.

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