Brief chronology of the Orcas Season
Between late February and late April you can see the Orcas from shore. Valdes Peninsula, at Punta Norte sea lions colony. The high tide mark is the likely timetable orcas attack. There are 2 high tides per day and 2 low tides, with an interim period stationary, about 20 minutes. The schedule of the tide goes out running every day between 20 minutes and a little over an hour later with respect to the previous day. That is why daily Orcas attacks sea lions happen in a progressive manner.
When the Orca stranding on the beaches of Punta Norte very early in the morning, there will be a high tide late sunset. That are just a couple of days per month, days are called double tide.Dawn hours generally are more productive for the orcas. .As playful and carefree behavior, sea lions on the coast, waking with the light of the day, move back and forth from the beach, playing in the frontline in a fairly dangerous distraction.In the front desk of the Eco Lodge daily, coordinate these special trips for photographers, filmmakers and wildlife lovers who want to increase the chance to witness this unique event.
Small groups of filmmakers from around the world, meet in Punta Norte between February and April in order to achieve this goal. The Eco Lodge had hosted the 2009 season the team from the National Geographic for 20 days managed to film Mel attacks, the most famous whale in the attack channel.
The documentary was made in three stages of a meticulous and successful effort. Began in 2008 and ended in 2009 at Valdes Peninsula, film show the different behaviors of the orcas, as the intentional stranding hunting for sea lions pups on the seal colony at Punta Norte, from end of February to April; and the elephant seal pups in Valdes Creek in November. They had the advice of the ranger Roberto Bubas, a specialist on our beloved Orcas.
If you are able to view the documentary at Punta Norte Orca is very good. Here we present a preview:
If you are interested in knowing more about how they worked on this documentary, you can read all articles from National Geographic. We were doing the backstage of this filmmakers team in this area. Work was in the hands of the Nature Photographer and owner of Del Nómade Hostería Ecológica , the first Eco Lodge of Patagonia Argentina Alejandro Avampini.
NHK Japan also was filming at Valdes Peninsula in the orcas attack season . With the East patience in the attack channel, within 5 hours required of the tide, more than 30 days were stationed, awaiting the appearance of the orca stranding, and they succeeded, sometimes not easy to make shots with good light and good angle, that is why they decided to remain one month in our Town Puerto Piramides.
Also the BBC was in Punta Norte a few year ago. Here you have a part taken from "The Blue Planet", narrated by David Attenborough.
The season for filmakers, is from 20 march to 4 april. This is the peak season. You can see from feb 15 to may but... not every day. If you are interested in permits for the filmakers area (AttackChannel). The contact for the ranger to ask about that is Hector Casin.
And missing something if we don´t mention the Beto Bubas and Orcas experiences. He was a Park Ranger for 12 years between Caleta Valdes and Punta Norte, their research is a legacy that proves the Affection bounds that a human can have with marine mammals misnamed Killer Whales. Today Beto Bubas is working at Punta Loma Reserve near Puerto Madryn.
Argentine Nature and wildlife Photographers visit every year Punta Norte, as in the case of Andres Bonetti with more than 20 seasons of Orcas and Gabriel Rojo, with more than 13 seasons.