03.03.15 & 04.03.15 Punta Ninfas

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Elefantiös!!!!

We struggled a bit to find the entrance for the path down the bluff.
Upsi! The ladder is the first time a bit breath taking but manageable.

Down at the beach a short walk takes us to the Southern Elephant Seal colony, the giants of all seals. The males, with a weight of 3-4 tons, are already gone.
Only some lazy females lying on the beach while watching us. They are, with about 800 kg, much smaller.
One of the youngsters in the water is definitive a sub male and nearly grown up.
Elephant Seals live most of their time in the open ocean. They can travel up to 17.000 km and dive down to 1.500m, but that’s not part of their normal routine.
All seals and pinguins are able to sleep under water. A „wake up mechanism“ gives them the impulse to breath.

This is a stunning spot to be!
Opposite and quite close is the Peninsula Valdés, an UNESCO world heritage side.
We get there tomorrow and hope to see the famous orcas while jumping out of the water to hunt on sea-lion and elephant seal babies.

While waiting for Thomas and our sundowner drinks a „Braunborsten- Gürteltier“ (Armadillos) passed by. So cute.

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