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Subject:Patagonia Pics: Puerto Madryn
Time:09:08 pm

The last leg of my trip was Puerto Madryn. The city itself is nothing special, but the surrounding area is essentially the world's largest marine park, complete with large populations of penguins, cormorants, sea lions, elephant seals, killer whales, whales, and the mythical merwhore - half prostitute, half mer.


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Punta Tombo has a shitload of penguins. It's probably the main reason why I came here. According to the guide there are about 600,000 Magellan penguins living in this one colony alone, and it explodes to 900,000 when the chicks hatch. I arrived at the tail end of breeding season, when the chicks hit puberty and swim out to sea, leaving their parents behind to molt and ponder middle age.


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The sea lions were also done breeding and a lot of them had headed out. Great fucking timing on my part. I guess the best time to come here is December. These three pups were frolicking in a tide pool when I snapped this picture. They look plump and juicy - I can see why killer whales eat them like cocktail shrimp. Speaking of which, this is the only place in the world where killer whales swim right onto the beach to attack sea lions as seen in this short clip.


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Grey fox siblings wait for tourists to throw them food like the freeloading bitches they are.


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This is the first time I've ever seen a live armadillo. The last time I'd seen one was a stuffed armadillo in a shoe store in Korea, which I unsuccessfully tried to buy from the owner. Like most of the animals in Patagonia, this armadillo wasn't scared of humans. He was actually completely oblivious to our presence and didn't even bother trying to walk around me. The guy was lost in his own little world of melancholy and spiritual detachment.


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