No Whales.. just Sheep
Trip Start Jan 17, 2006
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So after spending two days waiting for huge orcas to beach themselves and turn the peaceful beach into a bloody, foamy, supper party filled with innocent sea lion pups flailing about in the jaws of one of the sea´s most shrill hunters... we returned to town... empty handed.
No, we didn´t see the incredibily rare event that takes place on Punta Norte, Argentina and only one other beach in the world. But it was a beautiful place and even the thought that it even MIGHT happen was very exciting.
So, this area is really unique not only because there are sea lions that live directly on the beach... but...
When we learned about the rareness of this event... and that the past two days´ tides were the highest in March. AND March is the only month when this occurs... we went for it. We had to rent a car and drive down crazy gravel roads to get there but it was great... despite the stars never showing up. We enjoyed watching the sea lions (and begging for their demise at the same time) and interacting with the other people who were there. As one might imagine there were some really interesting people there. There was a couple from Holland who had been making the 1.5 hour gravel road drive to the nearest camping(rough drive and you can´t stay at the point overnight... they DO patrol) every day for 21 days straight
Regardless. We made it back to Puerto Madryn after driving 600+ kilometers on bad roads (yes you DO have to pay for windshields... we found a tiny ding before we left and made them note it... so we had some wiggle room) and if you hit one of the thousands of sheep in the road you have to buy the sheep! Also, we learned when we returned the car that there are cameras around that photograph you and send a ticket to you (or your rental company) if you are driving to fast. Needless to say it made my imitations of a South American driver for Ashley´s benefit seem a bit less humerous... hopefully I won´t see any weird charges on my credit card in a month!
Hope you are all well and safe and may the killer whales in your area be present and in feasting mode.
Pete and Ashley