Avoiding Crisis

on the road again…

with 4 comments

so following the awe inspiring experience of watching whales from the shoreline we decided to get back in the car and be on our way.

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our next stop was Puerto Piramides.

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And after confirming the next day’s whale watching boat tour we continued on our self-guided tour of the peninsula.

next stop. Punta Delgada.

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Exciting, isn’t it? That’s what my kids thought too.

That was, until we stopped the car, walked 50 meters and saw this.

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and observed southern elephant seals in their natural environment.

Here’s an interesting tidbit – This particular colony of elephant seals that calls Peninsula Valdés home is the fourth largest colony in the world and the only growing population.

The kids particularly liked this one seal. Probably because it was the only one that looked alive.

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From our brief observation I concluded that this must be the alpha male seal. He wouldn’t let anyone else in the water. Though, it wasn’t like too many of them were trying to invade his space. Most of the seals were big, fat, lazy oafs that just lay on the beach sunning themselves. What a life!

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and then, just like that, we were off.

Next up: Punta Cantor and even more elephant seals.

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While Abbey and her father walked down to the beach to get a closer look (and to take photos), Owen and I searched for rocks and shells. And when he got bored with inanimate objects we turned our attention to ants. He’s such a boy!

Here’s a bit of what Abbey and her father saw.

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And then we said goodbye to the elephant seals. We thanked them for being such great subjects, for sitting still and letting us take so many photos. We also thanked them for not smelling as bad as the sea lions that we had seen in Ushuaia last February and told them that we’d tell all our friends to come and visit. We don’t want them to get lonely.

And pausing to take one last photo and breathe in the natural beauty and salty fresh air that surrounded us, we left Peninsula Valdes and headed back to the hotel.

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up next….more whales!

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Written by nicolemarie

October 5, 2007 at 11:05 am

4 Responses

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  1. Wow. . .awesome! I want to go.

    Dawn

    October 5, 2007 at 12:11 pm

  2. All are wonderful shots – but I especially like the last photo. It captures so much – great shot!

    Can I ask what type of camera you use? I’m assuming you took your shots with an SLR – I use a Canon EOS. Do you use additional lenses.

    -SD

    SD

    October 5, 2007 at 3:06 pm

  3. SD – no not an SLR. we haven’t gotten to that point yet. and I say “we” because my husband and I both enjoy taking pictures – he’s actually the one who took the last photo that you commented on. you can often find us fighting over the camera, which is a Cannon PowerShot G7. Though, we have been seriously considering a DSLR – for fun. I am however the photoshop one in the family and the last picture was doctored a bit.

    nicolemarie

    October 5, 2007 at 5:02 pm

  4. Love the whales! One of the seals in the last picture looks like he’s been in the wars. The biggest sea beastie I’ve seen was just a small basking shark.

    prospectus

    October 7, 2007 at 11:56 am


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