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Witness orcas feasting on sea lionsPeninsula Valdés, Argentina

Sea lions are cool. Orcas are cooler. And if you happen to be at Peninsula Valdés around February you just might witness one of the coolest, albeit most gruesome, showdowns between beasts in the wild. As sea lions give birth in huge numbers here, pods of orcas lurk in the shallows looking for a feast of pups. The killer whales come with a killer instinct and often lunge out of the water, beaching themselves to grab their unsuspecting prey.

If there’s no orca action, you can enjoy the purity of watching pups frolicking on the beach and bleating like lambs to their mothers. If you miss the February feast, never fear. Between June and December, the World Heritage-listed peninsula, on the central coast of Argentina, is prime whale-watching territory, with scores of southern rights breaching off the coast.

get there

The easiest way to get to Peninsula Valdés is to rent a private car and make your own way down.

Some of the best things in this world are free. Morbid, but free.

Punta Norte Orca Research
pnor.org

Whale-watching tours
viator.com

The majority of orca attacks occur in Caleta Valdés and Punta Delgada from September to November and Punta Norte from February to April. The practice of the orca whales coming up to the shore occurs during high tide and is called ‘intentional stranding.’

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