The wildlife of Puerto Madryn is astounding, and one of its biggest draws is the fact that you can sometimes see orcas virtually beaching themselves in their hunt for sea lions and elephants seals.
Image taken from carnivoraforum.com
The peak season for this behaviour is March, but you might get lucky at other times too. We actually tool the tour on Boxing Day and our guide said they’d seen them the day before.
Despite our disappointment that we hadn’t seen a killer whale, there were plenty of other cool animals to take our mind off it.
WILDLIFE OF PUERTO MADRYN
Everyone loves a penguin. I could have spent hours observing these cute little fellows waddling about awkwardly and pulling sullen expressions as they battled against the strong coastal winds.
Similar to ostriches, but apparently not related, these massive birds made a strange sight as they ambled over the rocky shore in a long line of follow the leader.
Related to llamas, but not as cute, or as hairy, guanacos are another species that wouldn’t immediately spring to mind as you conjure up images of the sea side.
We almost ran over this little chap in our jeep. I’ve never seen an armadillo in the wild. Apparently they’re quite rare now in Argentina because people used to track them down and eat them for dinner. I can’t imagine this one would feed many.
This weird cross between a rabbit and a deer is another oddity of the Argentinian scrub lands.
This little elephant seal would be the picture of innocence if it wasn’t for the mass of congealed blood around his mouth. I still want to keep him.
MORAL OF THE STORY
I could have watched this little pup for hours. He would stretch, yawn (covering his mouth with his paw!), scratch his head and slump back down on the beach like life couldn’t have been tougher.
Even if you head there out of season, the wildlife of Puerto Madryn is intriguing and wonderful. Please don’t pass up on it just because those pesky killer whales are off navigating the Atlantic instead of slaughtering little furry pups like the one above!