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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Península Valdés, Argentina

May 18, 2008-May 24, 2008

Península Valdés is a natural reserve of great global significance found along the South Atlantic Coast in the province of Chubut, Argentina. It stretches an area of 3,625 square kilometers.

Most lands of the peninsula are barren and not suitable for agricultural activities. These lands then consist of some salt lakes with elevations that reach down to 40 meters below sea level.

Terrestrial animals such as guanacos, rheas and maras reside in the interior part of the peninsula; whereas southern sea lions, southern elephant seals and fur seals thrive in the coastline area. 181 species of birds are also found in Península Valdés, 66 of which are migratory which includes the Antarctic pigeon.

The surrounding body of seawater on the peninsula is home to the endangered southern right whales. For the water is much warmer and calmer, these whales come there between May and December to mate and give birth. Orcas or killer whales are also found off the coast. These whales have developed a distinctive hunting strategy to adapt to local coastal conditions. This strategy involves beaching themselves on shore to capture sea lions and elephant seals.

In 1999, Península Valdés was inscribed by the UNESCO as one of Argentina’s eight (so far) World Heritage Sites.

Top 3 Península Valdés Snapshots

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4 comments:

beingadaddy said...

Wonderful images!

VJ Czar said...

Thanks. BTW, these images are not mine. I just compiled the best Peninsula Valdes' snaps on the internet...

del Nómade Eco Lodge said...

We live in Península Valdés and is a real Animal Paradise.If you want to find information about this Natural World Heritage visit http://eco-lodge.blogspot.com

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Wonderful images. How you compiled these images.