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Patagonia Pics: Puerto Madryn


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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Patagonia Jesus says:



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Before I got to Punta Tombo, I pictured all the penguins being on the beach like these guys. But most of them were further away from the water, living in safe, cozy burrows like cowards. I guess I'd have to go to Antarctica to see the manly, suffering penguins.


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Penguinfinity.


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As I'd mentioned earlier, the animals of Patagonia aren't afraid of humans, but they do find us annoying. If you got too close for a penguin's comfort, they'd do this dance where they repeatedly tilted their head from side to side. And when that didn't work, they resorted to racial slurs.


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For the second half of my trip, it was just me and my compact camera. As you can see, there's clearly nothing to do at night in Puerto Madryn.


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There were a smattering of elephant seals left on the beaches. Here's a bull with a couple of his harem women, wondering how much easier life would be if he had only one mate.


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Cormorants resemble penguins, except they can fly. And yet not a single dancing cormorant movie.


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This is Punta Norte, the famous beach where the killer whales swim ashore to kill and eat sea lions, much to the delight of human spectators and seagull diners. Besides the penguins, it's the other reason why I came to Puerto Madryn. I waited almost an hour for some sea lion carnage, but alas, no entertaining bloodshed. Coupled with not seeing Cerro Torre, this is yet another reason why I may have to come back to Patagonia. Of course, by then there's a small chance these sea lions may finally realize "Hey, killer whales keep eating us here," and move to another beach.


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I don't feel sorry for sea lions, though. They're snooty bastards.


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Vultures enjoy the company of power lines. Electricity does not judge.


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Had several hours to kill before my flight out of Trelew Airport, so I hung out in their natural history museum, which was completely empty on a Sunday afternoon.


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I think that pretty much does it for my Patagonia pics in this here journal. Obviously I'll have more posted in Flickr.

So anyway, more penguins.



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