Whales are the giants of the sea. They are the last remaining relics from the prehistoric era. But these warm blooded Cetaceans that survived over 50 million years of time and evolution, were brought to the brink of extinction due to excessive commercial whaling in the 1800s. Though whales managed to survive this crisis as humanity began to realize the risk to the whales, the number of these sea giants continue to decline.
A number of factors contribute to this. Entanglement of whales in fishing nets. Illegal commercial whaling. Lethal strikes from large ships that travel through whale habitats and migration routes. Climate changes. And the effects of oils and poisonous manmade substances within the sea, all have combined to cause a number of whale deaths every year.
Hence, nowadays whales are very rarely seen. Their one-time power within the sea have almost become a mirage on the waters. Located within the borders of the International Whaling Commission’s Protected Zone, Sri Lanka is one of the rare and famous locations for whale sightings.
The Cetaceans roam in the seas around Kalpitiya, Mirissa, Dondra and Trincomalee. Of the 80 species of whales around the world, 26 have been seen in the seas around Sri Lanka. Amongst these are included the Sperm Whale, the Fin Whale, the Blue Whale, the Humpback Whale, the Orca/Killer Whale, the Pygmy Sperm Whale, the Dwarf Sperm Whale, the Bryde’s Whale, the Melon-headed Whale and many others. Some permanently reside within Sri Lankan waters, while others migrate here during the months of December to April.
Our Whale and Dolphin watching packages allow you to watch the whales in complete safety. These packages focus on protecting these giant creatures, and allow you to see them from a distance as they enjoy themselves as part of mother nature. We even have packages that allow you to whale watch from the sky as you circle around in a sea plane or airplane. This allows watch them without disturbing their habitat.
So book our Whale watching packages and be amazed! Grab this chance to see one of the only prehistoric mammals still existent on Earth!