Celebrate World Whale Day
The strange behavior and compound curiosity of whales have intrigued humans for centuries with their lamenting song coupled with an elegant dance. The migration pattern of whale brings seasonal opportunities across the world to spot whales dancing in their natural habitat.
Whales are majestic creatures, and there is nothing quite as memorable or magical as witnessing them up close in their natural habitat. Despite a worldwide ban on whaling since the late 1980s, a few countries in the world till date hunt whale are either for sport or for scientific research purposes.
Why Whales are famous:
Whales lay an essential role in balancing the food chain and ensuring that certain animal species do not overpopulate the ocean. Whales act like a pump that recirculates the fish and Zooplankton that they’ve invested towards the surface in the form of nitrogen-rich fecal matter.
To celebrate the extraordinary, mysterious intelligence of these creatures as well as underline the need for protecting them, we celebrate world whale day. The Pacific Whale Foundation celebrates the 3rd Saturday of February every year as World Whale Day.
These are some of the best places in the world to go whale watching.
Maui USA: the annual holiday was founded in Maui Hawaii in 1980 to honor humpback whales which swim off its coast. It’s the main show of the Maui Whale Festival. In case you can’t make it to the Maui Whale festival in February, you still have plenty of time to catch the magnificent whale during their winter migration. The whales grace the coasts of Maui, and you can spot them in abundance.
Antarctica waters boast no less than eight different species of whale, so it’s no surprise that this destination has made the top of our list. The best time to visit is in February and March, and this is a peak tourist season so be sure to book your whale watching tour well in advance. Orcas and humpback whales are familiar sights in these waters, and you can even spot sperm whales, minke whales, and the legendary blue whale.
Kaikoura New Zealand:
Deep water at Kaikoura combines with the mixing of warm and cold currents forces nutrients to the surface, a meaning whale can be easily spotted in their feeding ground. At this ecotourism center you are likely to spot Orca, Humpback whales occasional pods of Pilot whales and even Blue whale. And what’s more the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin, Hector’s dolphins only resides in New Zealand’s waters.
Vancouver Island Canada:
A land blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. The Johnstone Strait, a channel along the coast of Vancouver Island is the permanent home of over 200 killer whales also known as Orcas. These killer whales can be spotted while on an adventurous kayaking expedition.
No trip to Hawaii is complete without a whale watching experience. After all, this is where many humpback whales come to mate and rear their young. When you can see whales on any of the Hawaiian Islands, the Auau channel that lies between Lanai and Maui is a hub of activity when it comes to whale spotting. The colder months are the best time to see the whales and peak season runs from January to March.
Hermanus is a village located on the Western Cape of South Africa and every September the people here celebrate their annual Whale Festival. The best time to go whale watching in South Africa is between June and November when the migration of Humpback whales, Bryde’s whale occurs. You can see a superb selection of whales both from the land and the sea and watch as they gather to mate.
The Maldives offers some of the unique whale watching opportunities. The Maldives is home to 20 different whales and dolphin species. You can experience everything from the most giant whale, the blue whale in its natural habitat while acrobatic spinner dolphins put in a show just for you. In these waters, you will also find a plethora of lesser-known whale species, including the dwarf sperm whale, melon-headed whale, and tropical bottlenose whale. These whales are rarely seen in other parts of the world and call the Maldives home if you are lucky you could see a pilot whale on your trip.
Los Cabos Mexico.:
A Mecca for all whales, this is the final stop on a 6000-mile journey for the migrating Grays. You’ll see whales mating and mothers nursing and playing with their young in the protected shallow lagoons of San Ignacio, Magdalena Bay, and Ojo de Liebre. Their arrival in Baja California and the sea of Cortex in January to April coincide with peak tourist season in near perfect year-round weather for a holiday with the ideal combination of relaxation and marine adventure.
Not only is it renowned as a whale watching destination, but Eden is also home to one of the world’s unique whale tales. The NSW South Coast holiday spot was once a base for whalers who had a special relationship with a pod of killer whales who helped them hunts other whales.
Samana Peninsula Dominican Republic:
A unique whale watching destination, the Samana Peninsular in the Dominican Republic is popular with humpback whales during their mating season. So if you want to listen to the melodious songs that male whales sing to attract female whales, this is where you should head. You will also witness the captivating antics of the male whales during this mating season.
La Gomera Spain
La Gomera, Spain is a beautiful part of Spain’s Canary Islands. La Gomera is a popular destination for whale watching. It is best known for its Pilot whales. The area is also known to surprise its visitors with sightings of Blainville’s beaked whales and Bryde’s whales, a dream come true for every whale watching enthusiasts.
Reykjavik and Husavik Iceland
In Reykjavik and Husavik Iceland whale sighting can be seen throughout the year, but from a tourist point of view, one should go whale watching in summer for a better look. During the summer, you will be able to see large whales such as the blue whale, minke whale, and others. These whales venture into the icy waters of Iceland in search of food.
Srilanka is one of the very few places in the world where besides being able to go whale watching, swimming with blue whales is allowed. Imagine getting in the water with the largest animal that has ever existed. Be sure to maintain a distance from the whales.
If you want to see one of the world’s unique whales, you may want to head to one of the Nunavut communities of Arctic Bay. The male species are distinguished by a long straight, helical tusk which is a modified incisor tooth that extends up to 10 feet in length from its upper left jaw. In the 19th century, whalers thought Narwhal tusks belonged to a unicorn- its exact purpose remains a mystery to scientists today.
Seeing whales in the wild in their natural environment is a better way to view them then in captivity. If you’d like to enjoy this extraordinary opportunity, these destinations around the world offer the best chance.