The Peninsula Valdes
The Peninsula is a very sandy place.
From June to October, Southern Right Whales line the coast with mothers birthing their babies. Below, some whale bones at a
fishing camp.
That is not a plant in the picture below. Rather, that is whale baleen.
These fossil shells are millions of years old, even if they look like they were left in the sand stone recently.
The sea is rich in fish. These young men waded along the shore netting a large amount of fish. What you see is only a fraction
of the fish in the net.
Our first week was spent on the northern point of the peninsula at this public viewing spot.
There were usually very few people when we arrived early in the morning. The numbers usually increased at mid day. However,
our visit happened to coincide with Easter, and on Easter weekend a small crowd developed at the lookout in the afternoon.
People were friendly and we had a lot of fun visiting with Argentinans as well as people from around the world. Joe from Hong
Kong and Shawn from New Zealand were there every day and were very helpful in telling us the best location for our camera
gear. Jackie and I were popular photo subjects ourselves.
Our second week on the Peninsula, we had photograph permits to be on the beach at Attack Alley acquired through
Cheeseman's. The cool thing about being on the beach with photo permits was the fact that we were sitting right next to a BBC
film crew which was shooting in 3-D;
The BBC guys had neat gadgets including a remote helicopter and a remote tank (pictured below).
Here is one of the four BBC crew members operating the remote tank.
This was Wolfgang. We were with him the first week with the German group. He had permits to be on the beach for two weeks,
so we joined him our second week. This is a link to his web site.
Wolfgang Jaekel
This is David Jenkins from Ireland. He is an world class photographer and you have seen some of his photos in journals like
National Geographic or in ads for Coca Cola. Check out his incredible white shark pictures.
David Jenkins web site.
Our third week at the Estancia, we hung out at the Lighthouse which had a commanding view of the north side of the Peninsula.
Juan also kept in touch with the rangers by radio.
When Orcas were sighted or considered likely, we quickly moved to the beach. Below are Pablo, Juan, and Ingrid. Pablo is an
accomplished Argentinian photographer. Juan owns the Estancia where we stayed our third week. Ingrid Visser is one of the
leading Orca researchers in the world and it was a pleasure to be with her our first and third week.
Ingrid Visser
There were long waits on the beach for the Orcas to appear, a good chance for Jackie to catch a nap.