Southern Chile’s Chiloense Ecoregion, boasts globally unique geographic conditions, exceptional biodiversity including the world’s largest animal, the blue whale. The proposed Whale Heritage Site is a high productivity area, with a unique cultural heritage represented by the traditional lifestyles of Chilean indigenous peoples and fishing communities.
This ecoregion lies between Latitudes 41-47S and Longitudes 73-75W. It receives direct influence from the Pacific Ocean and the Cape Horn Current from the West and is characterized by a complex system of inner seas, archipelagos, channels and fjords. The area has been suggested to behave as a massive estuarine system that receives continental fresh water though the supply of mixed-regime river discharge and by the highest pluviosity in Chile (6,000 mm/y).