Whale Watching in Sri Lanka : The World’s Best Destination for Whale Watching

by Dulanjaya mahagamage
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The whale is the largest animal on earth. As of now, there are about 80 species of whales in the world. Whales are also one of the world’s most endangered species with the breeding rate of 5.8% and the extinction rate of 3.7%. The largest brain on earth holds the sperm whale. Scientists around the world have done some research on whales. The research revealed that whales are highly intelligent beings. They use complex sound patterns and communicate with each other. The whale is not a fish. It belongs to the aquatic mammals.

Whale watching has become one of the world’s most famous wildlife attractions, and there have never been more opportunities to view the oceanic mammals than today. Whales can be spotted in many oceans, but some ocean destinations are better for whale watching experience than others.

Sri Lanka is ranked as the best destination on the earth when it comes to watching Blue Whales. Growing up to 29.9 meters in length and with a maximum recorded weight of 173 tonnes, it is the largest animal known to have ever existed. The Blue Whale can dive as deep as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) and remain below for more than two hours. A deep underwater canyon hugs the coasts of southern and western Sri Lanka, creating an environment that attracts all manner of sea life, from whale species, dolphins, and sea turtles to jellyfish, seabirds and other fish species. Sri Lanka coast’s economy revolves around whale watching, offering a variety of boating tours as well as light aircraft flyovers.

Kalpitiya, Mirissa, and Trincomalee coastal areas in Sri Lanka are considered as the best destinations in the world for the best whale watching experience. There are two main reasons for this. The first one is there is the ability to enjoy a whale watching experience much closer to the beach. The second one is that whale watching can be experienced around the whole year.

In Mirissa, the best time for whale watching is from November to April, in Trincomalee, the best time is from May to September as whales continue their migrations around the island from the south coast. Out of December, January and April are the peak months of whale watching in Sri Lanka.

In addition to the opportunity of watching whale species such as Blue Whales, Bryde’s Whales, Sperm Whales, Killer Whales, False Killer, Dwart, Melon Headed Whales, Cuvier’s Beaked Whale (and if lucky), the elusive Indian Blue Whales, you have the opportunity to see the dolphin species such as Spotted Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, Fraser’s Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins, Common Dolphins, and Bottlenose Dolphins. And also the vast expanse of game fish species such as Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Spanish Mackerel, Great Trevallie, Benito, Queen Fish Barracuda, Grouper, Cobia and Tuna. The Sea Turtle is a very cute and friendly animal living in Sri Lankan coastal areas. Although you can see turtles on beaches, during the whale watching you will also able to see the engagement of these sea turtles in their daily habitat in the deep sea is a beautiful experience. The whale watching also brings you to the sceneries of most beautiful oceanic creatures in the world, including Jellyfish and Giant Oceanic Manta Ray, making your trip a memorable experience.

A whale-watching safari in Sri Lanka was around 6,000 Sri Lanka rupees (around $42 / £30) per person. It is also important that the traveler is in good health when engaging the Whale Watch. Whales and Dolphins are known to come quite close to the boats, so passengers can expect some memorable encounters. The boats are often equipped with underwater windows, special viewing platforms, and hydrophones that amplify the whale’s vocalizations (Please check the comfort and features of the boat before you sail).

The whale, the largest creature on Earth that ever existed, is the pride of the ocean. The presence of these giant creatures in the vicinity to the Sri Lanka has brought blessings and beauty to the entire Indian Ocean.

Some time ago, National Geographic produced a documentary called the Coast of Giants about whales and other marine life in Sri Lanka. We are sharing this documentary with you to give you an idea of ​​Sri Lanka’s marine aesthetics.

Can you avoid these giants any longer?. Any encounter with these giant creatures in the sea will be magical. Take a tour, It’s will bring you the joy!

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