Unique area for marine fauna
Chile develops ecotourism with cetaceans in Aysén
Three types of dolphins stand out among the species observed in the country’s southern fiords: the austral, the Chilean, and the bottlenose, in addition to blue whales.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The roads connects the town of Taltal with the city of Antofagasta in the northern part of the country.
In the far south of Chile, tourism
and sustainable development
progress in harmony. One of the most remarkable cases is the Scientific Tourism
Center, part of the Center for Research on Patagonian Ecosystems (CIEP), which
in early 2009 began a project to observe and to identify the cetaceans along
the cold Patagonian coasts.
The main objective of the research is to identify the cetaceans individually
according to their species. To do so, researchers took pictures and made videos that will allow them to analyze the
behavior of these animals.
Three types of dolphins stand out among the species
observed in the area: austral,
Chilean and bottlenose. In addition, blue whales (the largest animals in the
world), sea lions and different types of birds like pelicans, seagulls and albatrosses,
among others, have also been identified.
The research will cover the areas of the Puerto
Chacabuco, Puerto Cisne, and Raúl Marín Balmaceda fiords on the northern Aysén
coast, while in the south it will cover the fiords of Tortel, the Baker Channel,
and the Golfo de Penas.
Along these lines, CIEP Scientific Tourism Center
Director Fabien Bourlon commented on the importance of this type of research,
affirming that “it is proof of the great
biodiversity of species in the Aysén Region, which is without doubt an
important element that holds up and stands out as an important axis in the
development of tourism