Metropolitan Argentina Staff goes Whale Watching at the Valdes Peninsula
August 6, 2010 Leave a comment
It was early in the morning in the city of Puerto Madryn, with breathtaking scenery, as we watched the first sunlight on the shores of Golfo Nuevo (New Gulf), in silence as we warmed up with a cup of coffee. Led by Andres, our tour guide, we bravely left the hotel to face the cold windy morning, as he told us how his Welsh ancestors had arrived at the peninsula over one hundred years ago, and made Patagonia their home. Aboard the van, we crossed the Patagonia steppe as we drank hot mate and heard the stories of the people who live, work and love in these rugged lands; the native’s culture, the Welsh tradition, the B&R (born and raised) and all those people who conformed this dreamer and rebel southern identity characterized by insurrection and dreams.
We took to the sea in Puerto Piramides, armed with fashionable orange lifejackets, anxious and expectant; our eyes wide open to spot the whales, we almost didn’t blink, as we knew that one of those whales who visit the peninsula periodically could be Alfonsina, the Southern Right Whale that we had recently adopted at Metropolitan Touring Argentina as part of our sustainability efforts. We believe that protecting natural resources through responsible tourism can be the greatest contribution for a better Planet Earth ( see http://www.metropolitan-touring.com/content.asp?id_page=2075 for more on this initiative).
Emotions surged, as we saw them… far far away. A tail, a fin, it seemed as if our sea friends were trying very hard to catch our attention: one of them dove into the water doing stunts, the other let us to watch its tail up in the water; a third was shooting a water jet into the sky.
The exclamations of joy and tenderness were immediate. We walked from side to side of the ship to appreciate as much as we could. Cameras and camcorders could not capture all the wonder and beauty. Nature was throwing a party and we were invited to celebrate!
A whale with its calf came too close to our boat. Our tour guide explained that they were a female whale with her calf born one year before and the games they were playing were the last before they parted: they had been together for a year and it was time for the calf to start life on its own. Perhaps, this powerful influence that whales have on us may not be another thing that seeing our own life’s values: love, family, freedom, natural connection being part of the unique and mysterious universe…
The truth is that whale watching is a unique experience that can connect us with essential emotions and feelings that teach us that life is holy and loving in all its expressions, and that striving to keep it is our utmost aim and our most important mission.
- Find out more about whale watching in Argentina with our great itinerary to the Valdés Peninsula http://www.metropolitan-touring.com/content.asp?id_page=2063
- Watch videos, in Spanish, about the ICB Whale Adoption Programme:
- – Documental Institucional del ICB: http://www.vimeo.com/3951067
- – Programa de Adopcion de Ballenas del ICB: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hofUI6435wc
- – Video Educativo sobre la Ballena Franca Austral: http://www.vimeo.com/3967201
- – Programa de Monitoreo Sanitario de Ballena Franca Austral: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrPkENIUIco
- Find out more about Metropolitan Touring Argentina’s adoption of Alfonsina the whale http://www.metropolitan-touring.com/content.asp?id_page=2075