Whale Watching Sri Lanka

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Whales in Sri Lanka - Be amazed by witnessing Sri Lanka blue whales.

Sri Lanka has become a major spot for whale watching. Sri Lanka is situated within international whaling commission's protected zone in the Indian Ocean.  Mirissa sri lanka is considered as the primary location for whale watching sri lanka and famous for blue whales in sri lanka.Whale watching Sri Lanka is a seasonal activity. Whale watching sri lanka season has two parts available on the west coast in locations from Kalpitiya and along the South West Coast including mirissa whale watching from November to March while whale watching in sri lanka in the East Coast off Trincomalee is preferable from June to September. Whale watching sri lanka is a popular activity among tourists because of its probability of seeing a blue whale in a short period of time is very high.

A high concentration of blue whales and sperm whales has been spotted in the seas off Dondra Head along the deep south coast of Sri Lanka during the months of January to April. Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya is the best places if you are interested in seeing dolphins. During November to March is the best season to go Dolphin Watching off Kalpitiya. Whale and Dolphin watching is also possible during June to September off the eastern shores such as Trincomalee .

“The south coast of Sri Lanka is one of the very best places to see Blue Whales in the entire world. Most of these Blue Whales are on migration, en-route from their North East monsoon feeding grounds off Trincomalee to their South West monsoon feeding grounds in the Arabian Sea.

Sperm Whales are also present with pods. While most Blue Whales can be seen over the continental shelf, Sperm Whales tended to occur a bit further offshore, in the shipping lanes. And this gives a clue as to why there are so many whales here. A glance at any chart of the Indian Ocean shows that Dondra Head is the southern-most point not only of Sri Lanka, but also of the entire Indian subcontinent. Any ship wanting to pass between east and west has to pass by Dondra. Furthermore, off Dondra the continental slope comes to within less than 3 nautical miles of the coast. With the seasonally changing monsoon currents producing seasonally changing blooms of plankton; with the land masses of India and Sri Lanka acting like an inverted funnel to channel cetacean movements; and with deep water so close to shore, it is perhaps not surprising that the southern tip of Sri Lanka is such a cetacean hotspot.”

Dr. Charles Anderson - Professional marine biologist

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