Before going to Patagonia she said that she wanted to see whales and he wanted to see glaciers.
So here we were boarding a whale watching boat in El Pyramides, a small town that mainly exists because of whale watching. The whales come up to this area from the Arctic in July to give birth. During birth giving in August whales can be seen from the shore but in December they are off the coast and you have to take a small boat to go and see them.
The boat took us out of the bay and after about 10min we spotted the first school of about 8 whales. The captain took the boat in the middle of the school, switched off the electric engine and waited what would happen. The boats normally do not go close to the whales, but just stop near a school and see if there is any curious whale coming close.
About 25 years ago, fishermen would say it is impossible to get close to a whale with a baby. The mothers would protect their babys from the fishermen. The experience whales had with humans were not the best.
We were very, very lucky. A mother with her baby came close to the boat. She was not at all scared of humans. On the contrary, we had the feeling that we were a welcomed entertainment for her. Mother and baby were swimming around out small boat, almost posing for pictures.
The baby was going up and down moving all the time and the mother came so close that you could almost touch her. It was an amazing experience to see this animal of almost 20m length and more than 30t swimming so peacefully and gracious around our boat of 12 m length. For her we were nothing than a small toy. Even the crew were amazed and did not want to go back.
Apparently it is rare that a whale comes so close to the boat and stays for the whole trip of one hour so close. When we left we had the feeling she was sad to be alone again.
The captain explained us that she was apparently born in the bay and therefore must have had very good experience with humans. Whale watching in the area started about 25 years ago. It is not clear how old whales can become, but some of them have been spotted coming back every year to this bay since more then 40 years.
It was an amazing experience for both of us. So far the most breathtaking of our whole trip.