Watching Whales People Watch, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Watching whales from Doradillo beach near Puerto Madryn, Argentina was the most incredible wildlife experience I have ever had. Here, Southern right whales come to the water's edge, apparently to people watch.
The day I spend at Doradillo beach several whales cruised the beach, stopping to roll, their massive flippers and tails waving in the breeze as if to put on a show for the small crowd assembled on the beach. Most of the whales had babies in tow and the babies were clearly curious about the land mammals watching them, their grey heads bobbing up and down in the water where crowds stood. This whale pictured liked to spin in circles with its head and tail above the water. One whale with a white spot on her belly returned several times to survey the crowd and roll over in the shallow waters. Another whale breeched three times then swam the length of the beach with her head out of the water the entire time watching us wave at her. After being on several whale watching boat rides, it was an honor to sit at the beach for a morning and have the whales come to watch me. Everyone I talked to at the beach that morning felt the same way.
The whales come to the protected waters of the Golfo Nuevo every year to have their babies and mate. The best time to whale watch in Puerto Madryn is September to October.