|Another fast paced day!! We got off our nightbus, hired a car and then went to the EcoCentro to learn about the area's marine life. We also got our first glimpse of the southern right whales from the cliffs here. What a nice surprise ! The right whales were called this because they were the right whales for whalers to catch. They are positively buoyant when dead (unlike other whales) and have high oil content in their blubber. Thankfully they are now a protected species.
After the EcoCentro we stopped off at the Oceanography Museum to see a giant squid and then headed up the coast to try and see whales from a beach 20 km north of Puerto Madryn on the way to Peninsula Valdez. You can see whether we did for yourselves.
We then drove further up the coast to the nature reserve at Peninsula Valdez, stopping off at the Information Centre to find out the best places to go. We were told to hot foot it to Puerto Piramides to catch the last whale viewing trip at 4:30 p.m. We made it in time and, as it was only us four, we got a small zodiac type boat (better as it doesn't disturb the whales as much) and we got very close to the whales. At times we could see them swimming under our boat. Excellent weather as well for it too.
We then ended the day with dinner at the Paradise Resort in Puerto Piramides. We were made an offer on a suite with jacuzzi that we couldn't refuse (only 30 pounds for the night) and decided to treat ourselves. The next morning was a bit hazy as it was our last night with Karen & Kathryn (cocktails until 3 a.m.) but we did manage to see elephant seals and got quite close to them (well close enough).
We hope to return to Peninsula Valdez in a months time when the penguins should have arrived, a lot more elephant seals and maybe orcas.