The right whales arrived in Puerto Madryn
Every year, between May and December, hundreds of right whales arrive in the coasts of the Province of Chubut. They go there to reproduce themselves, giving a spectacle to every one that's near. They can be watched at the cities of Puerto Madryn, Trelew, Rawson, and Puerto Pirámides, on the Valdés Peninsula. There are boats that sail from Puerto Pirámides every day to see the whales from a short distance.
You can see mating groups, of between 2 and 10 whales, formed by a female specimen followed by some male whales that try to mate with her. The gestation period lasts 12 months; since June you can see the first siblings, and then the Peninsula becomes a giant nursery.
Prices: the pass to the Provincial Reserve of Península Valdés costs 35 argentine pesos. Whale watching on a boat costs 50 pesos (25 for minors).
More information: to learn more about whales, visit the Ocean Alliance page
- Video of a right whale at Peninsula Valdes, 39 seconds
- Another video of a right whale at Peninsula Valdes, 35 seconds
- Short video of three whales at Peninsula Valdes
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