Blue Whales - beyond our expectations

Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
Trip End Dec 05, 2011

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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Southern,
Saturday, December 3, 2011

Another 5am alarm call, this time a whale-watching trip with Jamie and Zach. We have seen some amazing wild life on our trip but we have also been a little unlucky, certainly with the big cats, so we had our figures crossed that our last brush with wild life would be a memorable one. Unbelievably, the coast of Sri Lanka is located close to where blue whales, sperm whales, and Bryde whales come to feed at specific times of the year. Having driven the entire south and west coast of Australia, always one step ahead of the whale migration, we happen to be in Sri Lanka at the perfect time.  Finally we might get to see some whales, which would be a fitting finale to our whole year abroad, although there are estimated to be only between 5,000 and 12,000 of these magnificent animals left in the oceans, despite a hunting ban that came in in the 1960's.

We were not disappointed and had an unforgettable morning.  Not only did we see blue whales, but we saw an estimated 10 different individuals,and a total of probably 20 or more sightings.  Sometimes the whales were no further away than 50m from the boat, that's pretty close when the animal is 30 metres long. So we had an unbelievable view of them, blowing water out of their blow-holes, hovering on the surface, then flipping their tails into the air and diving down to feed.   The children found it as amazing as we did, although for Brad and I we had to keep pinching ourselves – seeing blue whales was so far from what we expected to be doing on our trip:  we didn’t even realise you could see blue whales like this.  What an awesome finale to our wildlife adventures this year.
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