29.01.2010 news from Patagonia

After 10 days searching the fjords and channels of Aysen on a boat I am back at the Institute for Scientific Tourism in Coyhaique.
We had some problems with the boat and crew on our first day, but then we quickly found a new boat and crew and off we went. We found many islands with breeding birds and seals and some species where familiar (e.g. common and arctic tern..), but others I have never seen before (pelicans).
In the channels we often encounters Peale’s and Chilean dolphins that came to the boat for a short time. Out on the Moraleda channel we encountered 2 different groups of Bottlenose dolphins and we could take Photo-ID and sound recordings of these animals. They were as usual very inquisitive and showed themselves perfectly for pictures. It wasn’t the same group we encontered last year. A little further away we saw Blue whales and Humpback whales feeding on plankton and krill.
It feels good to know that Whales are protected in Chile and no whaler comes around the corner. However, the salmon inustry has covered most of the fjords with their farms and the first impression of wild and untouched nature is destroyed. On remote wild beaches you will find plastic garabage from the farms, but also from our zivilisation.

Well, for now enjoy the pictures:

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