Our camp site for observation of baleen whales on the Valdés peninsula.
When they breathe, they exhale a cloud up to 4 meters high.
At birth, the animals weigh up to 2 tons and are 4 to 6 meters long. Adult animals are 12 to 16 meters long and weigh 30 to 50 tons.
Big head – making up approximately one third of the entire body. Broad and short pectoral fins. The body is normally black, sometimes with white, grey or brown spots.
Mouth: an enormous sieve. To feed, they swim slowly, their mouth open and their baleens (length of up to 2.5 meters) filter food out of the water.
The large rudder: The tail fin is horizontal, does not have a bony structure and is their main means of movement. They swim at a speed of between 0.5 and 4 km/h.
The cornea is grey, but looks white because it is populated by whale lice.
A unique cornea, which hardly changes during their lifetime – comparable to fingerprints for identification.
The skin is soft and smooth, the external layer continuously regenerating itself. The large amounts of fat underneath serves as isolation.
These birds cannot fly, but are excellent swimmers.
Spending most of their time with the care of their plumage.
They feed on marine animals and weigh 4 to 5 kg.
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