Argentina is a place like no other in the world. A place of extremes, where millennial glaciers merge with seas of green grass and endless deserts. Of spaces where life bursts and thrives from every corner, or fades under the scorching sun leaving nothing but dry dirt and mirages.
No matter what extreme of the scale we observe, the relentless cycle of nature allows us to be witness of the eternal fight for adaptation and survival of the fittest. An epic battle in which life and death inner cross harmoniously in perfect balance.
The Valdés Peninsula, which was declared World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999, is known around the world for several reasons. The beauty of its landscapes, the vast amount of marine fossils which can easily be seen over the coast and cliffs or the great biodiversity inhabiting the gulfs are some among them. But during the months of April and November a truly remarkable event takes place, its waters become the sanctuary of a thriving community of southern right whales (Euabalena Australis).
The facility to find them and observe their behavior either embarked or from the shores, made this place ideal for their study, allowing scientists to shine some light to the story of one of the most mysterious mammals of the world.
For the past 20 years, Puerto Pirámides resident and photographer Steven Johnson was dedicated to the task of recording specimens for register and identification. He tells us the pecularities of the species, and how life is for this peaceful giants in the waters of the peninsula.