Research Trip on Chiloé

24. June 2012

My last major research trip for "DEEP MYSTERY" and the TV documentary "Wild Chiloé" took me end of March for three weeks to southern Chile. After one intense week with amazing presentations by the southern ocean whaleexperts and a reunion with John Calambokidis - the blue whale expert in the North Pacific, I drove from Puerto Montt, about 100 km further south on an expedition to Chiloé.

It is the second largest island in South America, and yet it was a journey into beautiful wild landscapes, where everything is slower and more original. I met extraordinary people with their own lifestyles and views of the rugged Pacific island. More than 200 rainy days per year, of which I also experienced some shape, nature and people. I found on shore, the people i was looking for and now writing the final exposé and put it into the hands of my desire producers. The search for the blue giants around Chiloé, however, was strongly influenced by a stormy, rainy weather and temperature changes in the ocean. According to scientific publications, there lives the greatest Bluewalpopulation of the southern hemisphere! One sighting on land and one at sea during two days. A typical picture for this year's research season, which only runs from February to April. It seems, not enough food is available and the blue whales migrate further north. I hoped to see here in the food-rich waters of the Gulf of Corcovado young animals with there mothers and close to the coast. In addition, more than forty species of marine mammals are known to live here, and the dramatic landscapes Patogoniens is alone a gorgeous backdrop for any natural filmmaker.