Baby seals frolic in the shallow water of a bay, while on the next inlet penguins burrow into the sand to lay their eggs, with guanacos looking on. The Valdes Peninsula in Argentinian Patagonia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the conservation of marine mammals. Its sheltered coves and bays, along a 400-kilometre coastline, create perfect natural locations for sea animals that come here in large numbers to reproduce. Breeding populations of endangered southern right whales, southern elephant seals, orcas, dolphins, and southern sea lions are only some of the numerous marine animals that congregate here. Close to a million migrating Magellanic penguins also migrate here each year. Though a semi-desert region ploughed by rough winds, the land area of the Valdes Peninsula also hosts a wide variety of wildlife. Birds, armadillos, grey foxes, skunks, Patagonian hares, guanacos, and even wild cats occupy the stark terrain.
The orcas of the region have adapted to this abundance by coming almost to shore to grab their prey: sea lion and elephant seal pups. This orca hunting is one of the Valdes Peninsula’s most famous and unique phenomena.
Whale-watching between June and mid-December is surely one of the most popular activities for visitors. Abundant nutrients in its waters allow the Valdes Peninsula to be a wildlife-rich destination all year round. Depending on the season though, a different dramatic spectacle will be on display.