Right off the shores of Unión Beach, Commerson's dolphins play by the boats in an unforgettable natural scene.
Setting out from the port of Rawson, just 6 kilometers away from the center of the city
, visitors get ready for the adventure of bordering the Atlantic coast in search for Commerson's dolphin.
This dolphin is a cetacean that dwells in the waters of the southern hemisphere. It has a maximum length of 1.5 meters and weighs 40 kilos, though some females may reach 50 kilograms. Their diet is based on some small fish, silverside, shrimp and squid, to name a few species. Its tail, head and all its fins are black. The rest of their body is white.
It may be observed from Tierra del Fuego
to San Matías Gulf and one of the first men to study this species was expert Francisco P. Moreno.
In 2001, Commerson's dolphin was declared Provincial Natural Monument by the government of the Province of Santa Cruz
. Therefore, its capture is now forbidden.
There are very few places in the world where Commerson's dolphins may be observed in their natural habitat. For such reason, thousands of tourists come along to the port of Rawson year round in order to witness this show.
The tour takes around an hour and a half and it may be enjoyed either in the morning or in the afternoon, depending on weather conditions. Consequently, it is advisable to get in touch with the tourist operator before reaching the starting point.
After following the boats in a memorable exhibition, after jumps, dives and surfing the waves, the Commerson's dolphins go back to the depths of the sea. They have shared their beauty with all of us on the other side.