It is said, “Some of the greatest minds on earth live in the seas” (Anthony Douglas).
Watching Dolphins in their natural habitat should be listed in everyone’s holy grail. Indeed, it fascinates when they elegantly dip in and out of the water with barely a splash. Their endearing nature really signifies their acquiescent when they swim alongside the boat and interact with humans.
Dolphin watching has become one of the major tourist attractions in the recent past in many tropical Islands and it is evidently capable of delivering substantial Socio-Economic benefits to many communities around the world in which it takes place. The top destinations for spotting these phenomenal creatures in their natural habitat are Sri Lanka, Hawaii, New Zealand, Florida, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Africa.
The ways of watching these friendly mammals’ cute behaviors are by sea via boats and cruises, by air through helicopters and small planes, then by land sitting at the coast. The best observation method is by sea since you could get closer to the animal as much as 100 meters.
One negative aspect is when more boats or cruises get closer, they will not have enough time for breathing space. The more the vessels get close to them, the more they show their beautiful behaviors like swimming along with the vessels and dipping in and out of the water as they get more merriment due to their human-friendly nature. The suggestion is to have a good time gap between one vessel to the other vessel approaching the site, this will definitely help the Dolphins to relax enough to be fit and healthy.
- Sri Lanka (Pearl of the Indian Ocean)
The so-called “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” is supposed to be the major hot spot for Dolphin Watching in the region. The ideal location would be Dondra Point on South Coast to name a few cities Galle, Hikkaduwa, and Mirissa, In North West Coast non-other than the famous Kalpitiya and Trincomalee on the North East Coast. The best timing for Dolphin watching in Kalpitiya and the southern area is from the beginning of November and to the end of April, and in Trincomalee, the most sightings occur between March/April and August/September.
This means Sri Lanka offers Dolphin watching almost at any time of the year at different points around the coast. Bottle Nose, Common, and Spinner dolphins are found in the southern seas and Trincomalee, but the largest pods of Spinner Dolphins are spotted in the waters of Kalpitiya, in addition to this, the world’s mammoth marine mammal, Blue Whale too could be spotted in large pods. Getting to see the largest mammal on earth in its natural habitat is once in a lifetime opportunity and “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” is blessed to catch sight of both the largest land animal (Elephant) and the largest marine mammals (whales) just in a single day.
In Hawaii, there are many islands to see these spectacular beings in their natural habitats and also in the tamer educational environments. Here you can experience swimming along with Dolphins under the supervision of the tamer educational center trainers and can spot bottlenose dolphins that typically swim near the shoreline or in the lagoons of the region.
- New Zealand
In New Zealand “Bay of Islands” a place to see dolphins in its warm cloistered waters where marine life is abundant. Common and bottlenose dolphins are frequent visitors.
One fantastic place for dolphin watching in Florida’s warm water is off the coast of Clearwater and it is not a surprise that affinity for dolphins in Clearwater is at an exceptional level.
In the “Lion City”, between St John’s and Lazarus islands facing north bay these mammals can be spotted frequently. several impressive Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins or rather called “pink dolphins” make their home at The Dolphin Lagoon. These are a few ideal places that will attract you with fun and excitement to accomplish the event interesting.
- Hong Kong
Here the specialty is you will find more “pink dolphins”. The best time for Dolphin watching in Hong Kong is between October to April. For sure Dolphin watching Lovers’ should select their next destination as HK if not mastered before.
- South Africa
One of the capitals in South Africa the “Cape Town” supports perhaps the widest variety of dolphin species to be spotted in the waters surrounding it but sightings are not as consistent as other areas. Common, Bottlenose, and Dusky Dolphins could be sighted depending on the season.
Now let’s talk about some facts about this wonderful species
• There are around 40 species of dolphins swim the waters of the globe. Shallow waters of tropical and temperate oceans are the place where most of these beings spend their living.
• Dolphins are carnivores. Their most preferred prey are fish, squid, and crustaceans. For a day an average dolphin weighing around 260 pounds eat around 33 pounds of fish.
• A good large pod of dolphins can have more than 1000 members and they are very social, living in groups playing and hunting together which is one remarkable habit.
• Dolphins have ingenious eyesight both in and out of the water. When compared to an adult human the hearing frequencies of a Dolphin are in the upper limit buy 10 times but no sense of smell.
• Unlike the land mammals who breathe and eat through their mouths, this marine mammal eats through their mouth but breathe through their blowholes by coming to the surface of the water. They have different holes for different tasks.
How to conserve these wonderful species
• Reduce the usage of plastic bags and disposable products. Once in the water, such substances most of the time injure these mammals badly and even become lethal weapons when they devour them.
• Involve in organizing continuous coastal cleaning programs.
• Do not feed dolphins without expert opinion. Food for humans is not healthy for dolphins and could change their eating behavior.
• Do not buy tuna if it is not labeled “Dolphin Safe”, this indicates that the fisher has used Dolphin safe nets.
• One of the easiest ways you can help to keep dolphins safe is to leave them alone.
I conclude this write up with the quote made by a Scientist at a conference held in Canada regarding this non-human legendary marine mammal “Dolphins deserve same rights as humans”,
Thus, let us all good humans help this good cause by not polluting the sea, disturb them by getting closer while on tour, feed and touch without the permission of the authorities or experts is my advice to protect these human-friendly species for our future generation to enjoy this exciting and interesting event Dolphin Watching.
“PROTECT DOLPHIN AND NATURE WILL THANK YOU”
by staff contributor