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Peninsula Valdes, Argentina
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Scuba Diving
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Southern Sea Lions


Photo by Tito Bottazzi

Península Valdés, a Nature Reserve and World Heritage Site, affords visitors, young and old, with a unique opportunity to observe marine mammals, seabirds and steppe fauna. Watch Magellanic penguins, southern elephant seals and sea lions. Spot southern right whales and orcas. View dolphins, dusky, long-finned pilot, Commerson and Peale. Spy on sea life both on and offshore. Travel across the peninsula and catch a glimpse of steppe fauna - tinamous, armadillos, cuis, tucu-tucus, gatos del pajonal, southern gray fox, maras, and guanacos. Visit the Visitor Center at Isla de los Pajeros and enjoy birding through a telescope. Begin your journey at the Interpretation Center, located at the park entrance, and learn more about the region's wildlife. And should the kids tire of animals and birds, kayak, hike, scuba dive, mountain bike or sandboard. A variety of fun family tours and excursions depart daily from Puerto Pirámides.
Killer Whale Facts
Killer Whale

Killer Whale

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There are lots of fun facts about orca whales. Did you know that?

  • Orca and killer whale are two names for the same thing.
  • The killer whale is the largest species of the dolphin family. The largest recorded killer whale measured 32 ft (9.8 m) and weighed 22,000 lbs (10,000 kg).
  • Orcas are easily identified by their black and white color. They have a black back, flippers and fin. Orcas have a white belly and white eyespot.
  • Killer whales prefer the cold waters of the world but they are found in all oceans and seas.
  • Orcas are often called the wolves of the sea because they hunt in groups like packs of wolves.
  • Not all killers whales feast on marine mammals such as sea lions, seals and whales some eat only fish.
  • Orca whales sit at the top of their food chain because there have no predators.
  • Killer whales live and hunt in groups called pods from 5 to 30 members in size.
  • Like other dolphins, killer whales make a variety of sounds. They click, moan, grunt, squeak and whistle.
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