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Península Valdés

The biggest attraction in Península Valdés is the ballena franca (southern right whale) population, which feeds, mates, and gives birth here. The protected mammals attract more than 120,000 visitors every year from June, when they first arrive, through December. Especially during the peak season of September and October, people crowd into boats at Puerto Pirámides to observe at close range as the 30- to 35-ton whales breach and blast giant V-shaped spouts of water from their blowholes.

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