Whale-watching in Golf Nuevo, Valdes Peninsula
30 Mar 2015 | From Sue of Guernsey
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Inside the Atlantic Patagonia, the city of Puerto Madryn stands out for the transparency of its waters in the Nuevo Golf - which is the starting point for a tour in Valdes Peninsula. The Valdes Peninsula is a peninsula on the Atlantic coast in the Viedma Department in the north east of Chubut Province, Argentina. It is an important nature reserve which was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The coastline is inhabited by marine mammals, like sea lions, elephant seals and fur seals. Southern right whales can be found in Golfo Nuevo and Golfo San José, protected bodies of water located between the peninsula and the Patagonian mainland. The whales are born in the Golf Nuevo and San José do not necessarily return every year to the area of Valdes Peninsula. They have well defined areas for their autumn migration and summer.
They travel thousands of miles in each migration. In the autumn, they move to the north, is the breeding season, up to parallel 20, further north which are often some groups is on the coast of Brazil in South America and between Mozambique and the island of Madagascar in Africa. They are also found in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.