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SRI LANKAN BLUE WHALE AND DOLPHIN EXPEDITION

 

blue whale snorkeling in Sri Lanka

 

Expedition:

 Snorkeling with blue whales and many other cetacean species.

Location:

 Sri Lanka.
Accommodation:  Sri Lanka Aggressor Liveaboard.
Experience Level:  Snorkeling only.
   
Dates:  Cancelled until a new boat can be arranged

 

Come diving with the biggest animal that has ever lived!

 

A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SWIM WITH THE LARGEST ANIMAL IN THE WORLD

From December to April each year, blue whales migrate through the warm, clear coastal waters of south western Sri Lanka, then in the fall, they move the east coast of the island.

We will be there to meet them; venturing away from our luxury liveaboard on three fast chase boats that will put you right in the path of the largest animal that has ever lived. We will observe the whales as they feed, swim and socialize.

Imagine the encounter: you slip into the water in front of a behemoth and float quietly above it or free-dive down to its eye-level as it glides past. You feel like an insect next to its unimaginable bulk. Perhaps you see a glimmer of recognition; a slight flick of its eye in your direction. Then, the whale mysteriously dissolves back into the deep blue void, surfacing 10-12 minutes later for another few breaths before diving again.

 

Blue whale sri lanka dive

 

A CHANCE TO SWIM WITH AN AMAZING SELECTION OF OTHER CETACEANS

During your Whale and Dolphin snorkeling safari, you will have the opportunity to snorkel with up to thirteen species of whales and eight species of dolphin. World renowned marine naturalist Howard Martenstyn will be onboard to offer education information on behavior patterns. Over the last 15 years he has documented over 3000 whale sightings around Sri Lanka. Thirteen species of whales reside around the island of Sri Lanka including blue whales, sperm whales, humpback whales, beaked whales, melon headed whales, pilot whales, and false killer whales. Two of the predominant species that are resident in Sri Lanka, are the sperm whale which averages 40 - 60 feet and the blue whale which averages 60 - 100 feet long and weighs up to 200 tons. During the trip, guests may also see up to eight different species of dolphin.

The most commonly seen species are Sperm Whales, Blue Whales, Brydes Whales, Short Fin Pilot Whales, Spinner Dolphins, Humpback Dolphins and Bottlenose Dolphins.

 

False killer whales diving in Sri Lanka

False Orcas

 

dolphin swim in sri lanka

Long-beaked Common Dolphins

 

swimming with pilot whales in sri lanka

Pilot Whales


Leave Your Dive Gear at Home

Blue whales and other Sri Lankan cetaceans may be enormous but they are also very shy animals. Noisy scuba equipment would frighten the whales into a deep dive so it is far better if we take a minimalist approach.

This encounter requires nothing more than a mask, snorkel and fins. The most effective way to get as close as possible to the whales is to judge their direction of travel, slip into the water and float at the surface in their path. We will enter the water from zodiacs equipped with twin 100hp engines that can quickly put us in the right place as the whales approach.

 

 

 

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Blue whale tail in Sri Lanka

 

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WANT TO SEE MORE OF SRI LANKA?

We also run a fantastic week long land safari that ties in perfectly with our whale and dolphin trip. If you would like to see Sri Lankan leopards, other wild cats, endemic macaques (monkeys), slender lorises, golden jackals, asiatic elephants, mugger crocodiles, Indian chitals, sambar deer, wild water buffalo and an endless collection of exotic bird species, sign up for our Sri Lankan Wild Cat and Primate Safari.

 

Sri Lankan Leopard on Safari

 

 

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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as National Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver.com 

 

When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada

 

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