The Elephant Seal Beachmaster has a harem of 100 females. He is your worst nightmare; the bloke who sleeps with your woman and destroys a perfectly good relationship, spends hours kicking off with other potential males and generally makes everybody's life a nightmare. Ultimately, he ends up washed up (literally); an old has been, and dies lonely and bloodied.
The elephant seals on this Peninsula Valdes beach are females and young,male juvenile Beachmaster wannabees set to embark upon a life of shagging and fighting.
If you end up, like me, in the absolute middle of nowhere, you might ask yourself how you got there and what the hell brought you here in the first place?
Puerto Madryn, in northern Patagonia, was founded by Welsh immigrants who wanted to establish a Welsh republic here. They never got their wish for the founding of a new state but a Welsh community did prosper here, with many residents today tracing their roots to Welsh ancestry. Today, this is one of the best places on the planet to see whales, not Wales. When i first stepped onto Puerto Madryn beach i saw seven whales in the sea at the same time:
(c) Justin Walley & morethanagame.info 2011
Copa America 2011
A blog from the 2011 Copa America and road trip around Argentina.