By itself the landscape of the Pennsula Valds It is one of the most attractive proposals in Patagonia and especially in the province of Chubut. But if there is something that catches this magical place, it is the whale watching that every year arrive in the region.
And it is that the arrival of this species called southern franca is configured as a unique and magical spectacle in the Pennsula Valds. In this protected natural area it is from where they can be observed from the coast or embarked on the tourist boats.
The walk to be near the whales starts from the Pennsula Valds. From there you have to head towards the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus, which is the junction between the peninsula and the continent. In its narrowest part it measures six kilometers. At this point you can see the two gulfs that flank it: the San Jos and the Nuevo.
After entering the wildlife reserve It continues to Puerto Pirmides from where the boat departs. It is there where a large number of visitors come from all over the world interested in knowing the unique spectacle offered by these cetceans.
Right whales can be seen from June to December, when they come to the shores of the New Gulf to mate or give birth to their young. They tend to approach the boats and make graceful jumps to the delight of tourists and photographers.
What is the southern right whale like
They have a curved body and do not have a dorsal fin. According to the guides of Peninsula Valds, in the mouth, which has a curved shape, there are about 260 corneal plates or barbs, attached to the upper jaw, which were originally known as “baleen” and from which the Spanish name “whale” comes from.
Its tail can reach 5 meters. At the time of birth, a calf can measure five and a half meters and the suckling period lasts the same as its gestation, one year. On the upper part of the head they have calluses that are their identification seal, like fingerprints, since no two marks are alike.