Soon there is about fourteen of us signing documents outside of Navegacion Canal Beagle clearing the way for us to begin an afternoon boat tour.
I end up on a boat with only 4 other passengers.
A stiff wind is blowing and the seas are a little choppy but we are already excited. There has been reports of whale sightings in the harbor.
The AR$186 (US$45) cost of the tour has already been worth it. The ocean sprays the side of the boat as it accelerates to the area of the vertical momentary waterfall. We then drift silently hoping for another sighting, looking in all directions with our cameras ready.
A huge white form cap appear to the right side of the boat then something dark gray in color rises to the surface and then becomes more defined as hump.
These magnificent mammals can remain submerged up to 45 minutes. We have been fortunate to sight one this afternoon.
Our next stop is at Faro Les Eclaireurs.
Due to numerous ‘Rock Islands” that can lie just below the surface during high tides, in the past this area of the Beagle Canal has had more than it’s fair share of shipwrecks.
Some believe earlier lighthouses designs may have contributed to many of these wrecks. Apparently, the beacon’s stated distance was incorrect and it did not shine as far as posted.
They are well hidden in the cracks of one of the many “rock” islands in the area.