Killer whales, the most spectacular predatory behavior in wildlife

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Killer whales, the most spectacular predatory behavior in wildlife


Its fin is larger than that of any shark. When you see it approaching, even though you are 200 meters away and on the coast, it is scary. And when the killer whale takes the body out of the water to hunt a sea lion or elephant , you will not be able to believe it.

Every year, from March to May and in October and November, Peninsula Valdés is the scene of one of the most spectacular predatory behaviors of wildlife on the planet: the “intentional stranding” of killer whales to hunt sea lion or elephant calves , propelling their bodies out of the water at high tide.

From a vantage point, this exhibition of the killer whale’s audacity leaves no one indifferent. It is a unique technique in the world, first observed in 1974 and developed by them in the Peninsula Valdés and that was passed from generation to generation. Because they are grouped into families under a matriarchy and the young ones receive a long instruction until they begin to practice it, waiting for babies sea lions or elephants with little experience in the sea.

Protected Natural Area Península Valdés

Punta Norte

March to May

76 kilometers from Puerto Pirámides.

Accessible trails and viewpoints.

Caleta Valdés

October and November

79 kilometers from Puerto Pirámides.

Accessible trails and viewpoints.

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Recommendations for having a good experience:
  • For whale watching in Punta Norte it is recommended to go three hours before and stay up to three hours after high tide, and with the calm sea. The tide times are 3 hours 20 minutes later than the Golfo Nuevo.
  • As it is a rainy season, it is recommended to check beforehand the state of the internal roads of the Peninsula Valdés Protected Natural Area. The hours of entry to Peninsula Valdés is between 8 and 20 hours.

Suggestions recommended for people with their own car

  • Remember stock up on fuel before any trip.
  • Remember animal cattle or autochthonous animals can cross the route in front of your car, drive with precaution.
  • On the way to gravel, do not exceed 60 km/h and avoid brake abruptly.

Suggestions recommended to visit a Protected Natural Area:

  • The gathering of plants, fossils or archaeological remains are forbidden.
  • Circulate by roads and walking trials enabled, the circulation on beaches and cross country is forbidden.
  • Collaborate by taking away your waste once you exit the Area.
  • Take care of the information signs.
  • Always consult and respect the wildlife guard.Avoid penalties.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Please, do not chase, disturbed or feed the fauna. While you are watching fauna,keep your voice calm.
  • Ask information for allowed activities in each Protected Area.
  • The fee you pay when entering each area contributes to the maintenance of the Protected Natural Area in Chubut
For more information:

Peninsula Valdés Administration
Tel. 0280-445-0489
Web Site:www. peninsulavaldes.org.ar

Municipalidad de Puerto Pirámides:

Telephone: 054 0280 4495000.
Web Site: www.puertopiramides.gov.ar
E- mail: puertopiramidesturismo@gmail.com

Puerto Madryn Tourism Office:

Address: Av. Roca 223
Telephone Information Center: (54 280) 4453504 / 4456067
Web Site: www.madryn.travel
E- mail: informes@madryn.gov.ar

Tour Location

Peninsula Valdés, is part of the Peninsula Valdés Region and is one of the Protected Natural Areas of our Province
The Península Valdés Protected Natural Area is a strategic point declaredNatural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1999, and also obtained the conservation seal of Ramsar Site in 2012 and the Península Valdés Biosphere Reserve in 2013. From very close, on the coast or in a boat, you can see the Southern Right whales, which arrive each year in the Peninsula Valdés and choose to mate and have their young.

Consult our tourist providers to complete your experience..