Save The Whales
Trip Start Sep 22, 2010
9Trip End Oct 06, 2010
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We were on the road by 8am for our long drive to Puerto Piramides. Mario packed us an excellent picnic lunch which we had on the road. We arrived in Puerto Piramides around 3pm. We checked into our cabana and quickly found out that today had the best conditions for whale watching and the last tour left at 4pm!
All four of us booked that tour and were on the boat in no time. It was clear almost immediately that we came to the right place for whale watching. Even on our way out, whales were breaching, playing, mating, you name it. They were literally everywhere! We estimate we saw at least three dozen whales on the 1.5 hour tour.
Our captain chose a mother and baby as the whales we would "park" next to and cut the motor. They swam around and under our boat for 20-30 minutes! It was like they didn't want to leave us. The baby was no more than 2 months old and the mother was teaching it how to swim by holding him up with her tail. It was an unforgettable experience to witness this so close. Our boat was a medium sized zodiac so we were right down on the water with them! There were times that they were literally 10 feet from us! The mother was one of the biggest whales in this harbor and she is estimated to be 55 feet long and weigh 10 tons! You can’t wrap your head around how majestic and large these animals are until you are right up next to them in their element.
For those who are curious, they are Southern Right Whales. There was once 100,000+ of them but they were hunted down to 2,000. Then, the most amazing example of evolution occurred. The whales actually realized they were going extinct so the males actually befriended each other. They actually take turns mating with the females and the remaining males swim around the couple and protect them while they are mating! Can you believe that? They understand how important reproduction is that they develop a system such as that? Simply unreal. This fairly new activity resulted in an increase in numbers to around 18,000!
Later that night we went to a nice seafood dinner as it seemed fitting. Temps dropped to around 40 degrees that night and the cabana wasn’t really heated so it made for a pretty cold night. Great first day in Puerto Piramides though. Patti would basically die here since it is whale everything!