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SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALE PHOTOGRAPHY AND SNORKELING

 

Southern right whale snorkelling.

 

The Encounter:

Photographing Southern Right Whales and dolphins while snorkeling.

Location:

Valdez Peninsula, Patagonia, Argentina.

Accommodation:

Paradise Lodge in Puerto Pyramides

Experience Level:

For photographers with snorkeling experience.

   

2019 Dates:

September 21-28 FULL

September 28 - October 5 1 SPOT AVAILABLE

2019 Price:

$4950 per person double occ. (Single Supplement $350).

2019 Leader:

Andy Murch

 

 

What's Included:

7 nights accommodation in a comfortable lodge in Puerto Pyramides, all room taxes, continental breakfast, pack lunch and refreshments while at sea, 5 full days of whale photography and snorkeling, 1 full day wildlife tour of the Valdez Peninsula and transfers from/to Trelew Airport.

Not Included:

Snorkeling equipment, flights, lunch, dinner, gratuities.

 

Southern right whale at the surface.

 

The Right Whale to Snorkel With

Once upon a time, right whales were hunted for their oil and blubber. They were so easy to approach that they were known as 'the right whale to kill'. Thankfully, those awful days are over but the name has stuck. Right whales are still extremely easy to get close to in the water. It is not unusual for them to approach boats and snorkellers; trusting their lives into your care. Coming eye to eye with this beautiful species is an experience you will never forget.

 

Snorkelling with southern right whales.

 

A Typical Day among Gentle Giants

In the early morning light we will head out for our first encounters with southern right whales. Perhaps these will be above water; a chance to watch the whales coming to life as the sun rises. You could photograph their spray suspended in the sunrays and watch their interactions as they socialize.

After an hour or two at sea, we will return to shore for a hearty breakfast at the hotel.

 

Southern Right whale breaching.

 

Once you are well fed and prepared for the day, we will return to sea to watch more interactions. You may witness courting behavior or mothers bonding with their calves.

Southern rights are extremely social animals both among their own kind and with humans. It is not unusual for them to approach boats, especially young calves that have an insatiable curiosity.

When we come across friendly animals, two photographers at a time will have a chance to slip into the water with the whales. Unlike other species, its unusual for the whales to retreat so you will likely have an opportunity to take many photographs if you approach them slowly with non-threatening actions.

 

Southern Right Whales in Valdez Peninsula

 

We will return to shore for a lunch break and then head out once again in the afternoon for more time among Patagonia's gentle giants, returning in the late afternoon as the sun is setting.

Then dinner,  good company, downloading images, sleep and repeat...

 

Southern right whale next to a boat.

 

Leave Your Dive Gear at Home but bring your Camera

The whales spend a lot of time at the surface so you do not need to scuba dive to enjoy encounters with them. This means you can pack light and have more room for cameras and lenses!
This trip is specifically designed for serious amateur photographers and professional photographers alike. You do not have to bring a 'big rig' but all participants should have an underwater camera with them.

Please note that you are not allowed to use strobes or video lights. There are a lot of suspended particles in the water so lighting equipment would be counterproductive anyway.

 

Southern right whale underwater.

 

Explore the Valdez Peninsula with us

Weather permitting, you can expect to enjoy five full days at sea and one on land. On our land day, you are invited to join us on a wildlife tour of Peninsula Valdez; an important wildlife refuge and a UNESCO world heritage protected area.

The peninsula is home to colonies of Magelenic penguins, herds of guanacos and noisy sea lion and elephant seal rookeries. Other animals you may spot as we are driving around the peninsula include, Argentine grey foxes, rheas (ostrich-like birds), and maras (somewhere between a guinea pig and a rabbit).

 

Magelenic penguins on the Valdez Peninsula

 

Guanacos on the Valdez Peninsula

 

South American Sea Lions on Pensula Valdez.

 

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Southern Right Whale tail.

 

 

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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as Canadian Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver

 

When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada

 

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