Out of the water, most seals would have every right to feel out of harms way. But off the coast of Argentina, the local killer whales have made even shore a dangerous place to be - by learning to safely beach themselves. With a powerful burst of speed the six-tonne mammals are able to rush onto the shore to ambush seal pups before sliding back into the water on the smooth stones.
Between late February and late April you can see the Orcas from shore.At Punta Norte sea lions colony. The high tide mark is the likely timetable orcas attack. There are 2 high tides per day and 2 low tides, with an interim period stationary, about 20 minutes. The schedule of the tide goes out running every day between 20 minutes and a little over an hour later with respect to the previous day.
Peninsula Valdes is one of the priorities for naturalists visiting the South American continent, and it is perhaps because this is the place where the observation of the great whales is easyer. New Atlantis made this spectacular Documentary: Enjoy It!!
Every year during the month of July, the whales arrive to these shores of Patagonia to give birth and raise their calves. His gentle nature makes approaching to them possible to enjoying the wonderful spectacle of his jumps in the sea. Approaching the austral summer, in the month of November, these giants leave the coast of Peninsula Valdes to head south in search of more water rich in krill, their main food.
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) is a bird of the vulture family , which can be found all across the Americas. In the different countries of the continent, it has different names, such as buzzard, aura, or just vulture. In Peninsula Valdes, it is one of the largest of the vultures, with a red head, blackish plumage, more brown on the upper surface of the wings. The underside of the flight feathers are grey, creating a sharp contrast. The head is small in proportion to the body and has no feathers - in adults it is reddish and in juveniles, it is black.
It weighs between 1.4 and 2.7 kg, measures 60-76 cm in length and has a wingspan of up to 2 meters.
It glides with wings in a “V” shape and often sways in a way that gives the impression that it is drunk.
It’s typically seen in Puerto Piramides, flying around the valley, and taking advantage of thermal wind generated by the hills that protect the town from east to west, on the north side.
Turkey Vulture in the skies of Peninsula Valdes
The turkey vulture is a scavenger, ranging over large distances and finding carrion with a keen sense of smell. Typically, it will feed on the carcasses of sea lions, guanaco, hares and rabbits. If it finds a large piece of carrion, such as a calf, it will circle over it, to let other vultures know where the carcass is.
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The maritime climate characteristics make annual temperature variation relatively small. The annual
range of the average monthly temperature is 10 ° C, with monthly averages of 18°C (64.4ºF) in
summer and 8°C (46.4ºF) in winter. General aspects of the climate of the peninsula are the same that characterise the climate of the northern Patagonia region, modified locally by interactions between the atmosphere and adjacent water sources.
The variables measured by the CENPAT are based on data from the weather station in the city of Puerto Madryn, a city for which the climate of Puerto Piramides has variations in rainfall and sheltered from winds.
Predominate in Patagonia and are generally from the West. Puerto Piramides suffers Southwest wind blow and is completely exposed by its geographical location. During the winter North and Northwest winds are wetter because the anticyclone is located over the Atlantic Ocean. During the summer, northerly winds have more of a continental influence as the anticyclone runs to the west and in consequence, becomes drier.
Another phenomenon that occurs in the Nuevo Gulf during the summer is the sea breeze effect. The increase in solar radiation and low water availability in the soil causes large thermal amplitudes i.e., a marked difference in temperature between the continental coast and the waters of the Nuevo Gulf.
Winds from the SW and W blow for about 38% of the time in summer and more than 50% in winter. In spring and particularly in summer, we see an increase in the frequency of winds from the east and northeast.
Neotropic Cormorant(Phalacrocórax olivaceus) is frequently seen flying swiftly, striking the water with a straight and accurate flight, and occasionally touching the surface with the tip of the wings. Feeding This species is primarily piscivorous. However, these observations suggest that, unlike the King cormorant and the Rock shag, the diet of this species is characterized by a high proportion of fish moving in schools and near the surface such as the smelt and bottom fish as bass. In marine environments, this cormorant has been observed feeding both individually and in flocks. It feeds mainly in shallow coastal waters (less than 1.3 km and not more than 10 m depth). After diving in search of food, it is common to see it with spread wings to the sun on a branch, drying off. The neotropic cormorant builds nests with branches cemented with their own guano. marine invertebrates (cephalopods, polychaetes and crustaceans). It usually feeds in shallow water (no more than 10 m) and offshore (no further than 5 km).