Photo: Paula Faiferman
Orion´s tracking route
Orion, an adult of unknown sex, was the solitary individual tracked for the longest time this 2021-22 season: 243 days (more than 8 months).
After a brief stay of only 6 days in the waters of Golfo Nuevo, Orion crossed the continental shelf reaching the continental slope at the latitude of Isla Escondida (Chubut Province). Orion explored the Blue Hole, and after passing the southern limit of Golfo San Jorge, in the center of the continental shelf, he began feeding in the productive patches of the south-central shelf. Nearing the archipelago of the Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands) from the west, Orion explored the coasts of the Isla Gran Malvina and Isla San Jose.
For months Orion remained feeding in the area between Malvinas (Falklands) and the coast of Santa Cruz province, off Rio Gallegos and near the coast of Cabo Virgenes. Contact was lost on June 10, 2022, when Orion was 130 kilometers (81 miles) east of the continent, having traveled 17,893 kilometers (11,118 miles).