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Blue Whales in Sri Lanka

BLUE WHALE – Sri Lanka’s waters are rich in marine life, and among the most notable occurrences is the annual migratory presence of one of the world’s most magnificent sea creatures, the Blue Whale.

For several years, Sri Lanka has been able to boast being the world’s top location to spot Blue Whales as well as Sperm Whales as they travel a long distance to warmer feeding grounds in the Bay of Bengal.

With Sri Lanka’s most southerly point not far from the deeper waters of the continental shelf, it is possible to see these immense, yet truly graceful mammals come quite close to shore. Blue Whales are the largest animals ever to have graced this planet, and can reach in excess of 35 metres (100 feet) in length, making them true giants of the ocean. Their colour has been described as being the same colour as the water: rich and deep petrol blue.

Despite their incredible size, the Blue Whale will consume only krill (one of the early life stages of shrimp). A single Blue Whale could consume up to 6 tonnes of krill in a day. Fortunately for the whales, krill is found in abundance off Sri Lanka’s southern coast. With the meeting of warmer coastal waters and the colder waters of the deep continental shelf, a rich variety of life-giving nutrients are brought up from the oceanic depths. Krill feed on these nutrients, and the Blue Whales feed on the krill, thus keeping the ocean’s life cycle moving.

Sri Lanka’s best place to see Blue Whales in their natural habitat is off the coast of the town of Mirissa in the southern coast. Big Game Camps can arrange a whale watching expedition at Mirissa on the way to or on the way back from the Yala National Park. All you have to do is let us know in advance, and we will make the proper arrangements.

It is estimated that only about 15,000 Blue Whales now exist in the world today. Huge numbers of these cetaceans have been killed in the 20th Century for food and for oil; estimates vary, but it has been stated that more than 360,000 have been killed during that time.

It is now imperative that these treasures of the ocean are recognised for what they truly are: Endangered but magnificent sea creatures that have evolved into massive proportions earning them a place as the kings of the ocean. Sri Lanka’s Wildlife Department is making concerted efforts to ensure that these majestic Blue Whales will continue to grace Sri Lanka’s shores for many more years to come.


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