After the Wales of yesterday, today was all about the other spelling, Whales – specifically the Southern Right Whale. Peninsula Valdes, just north of Puerto Madryn, is the breeding ground for these 16-metre marvels of the deep so we headed off for a day trip in the national park.
After a day spent whizzing around the headland in pursuit of wildlife such as Elephant Seals and Penguins, we boarded an early evening boat and headed out into the bay. Thankfully the whales, mostly mothers with calves, were there in abundance and, even better, were in a playful mood.
Over the next couple of hours they provided a spectacular show and sometimes got so close they were almost in the boat with us – you really don’t appreciate how enormous they really are until they are almost sitting on you!
(To give you an idea of scale, a london bus is 13.5 metres long – the mum was 3 metres longer!)