WHALE WATCHING IN SRI LANKA
Since I was a little girl it has been my dream to see whales in the wild. This year in the Philippines Mikhail and I were lucky enough to swim with a wild whaleshark. (view blog post here) and since we had heard that Sri Lanka was a great place to spot blue/bryde and maybe even Orcas we decided to check out a whale watching tour with RAJA AND THE WHALES.
My parents, sister, Miky and I left our hotel at around 5.45am in two separate Tuk-Tuks and before long we had arrived at the MIRISSA BAY port where we boarded our rusty looking steel boat. Our tour was booked with RAJA and the Wales. Raja, a sweet fanatical whale conservationist explained a bit about the route, whale conduct and seasickness rules (i.e- don’t puke into the wind!!!) We were given a small fruit platter each, some biscuits and sickness pill and a coffee.
I was expecting rough conditions, and having been a yacht stewardess for 2 years of my life I didn’t think that seasickness would be an issue. That was before I was hanging over the side of the boat puking into the indian ocean amongst 10+ other passengers. It wasn’t pretty-at all. It was an extremely bumpy ride for everyone!
That being said, we all (“all|” meaning all the family, not all the passengers unfortunately!) spotted two blue wales 10M away from the boat. We watched as they blew water from their blow holes and dipped in and out of the waves!
YET ANOTHER AMAZING MARINE ANIMAL ENCOUNTER!
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