Sri Lanka a blue whale watching hot spot

May 07, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka may be one of the easiest places to watch whales, allowing it to become a global top spot to watch blue and sperm whales, a researcher and an eco-tourism specialist have said. “I think Sri Lanka has enormous potential to be a whale destination,” marine biologist Charles Anderson, who had been studying Indian Ocean whales for 24 years from the Maldives, told LBO after an observation tour in the South of Sri Lanka.

“My experience was fantastic.”

Jetwing Eco, a specialist wildlife tour firm, has been in contact with Anderson for more than four years and has also been collecting observation data off the south coast of the island of late.

Easy Spotting

A high concentration of blue whales and sperm whales has been spotted in the seas off Dondra Head along the deep south coast of Sri Lanka during the months of January to April.

“We spent most of April going out to the sea, to see marine mammals and we have been very successful,” says Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne, chief executive of Jetwing Eco.

“Our naturalist at the Light House hotel in Galle, Anoma Algiyawadu, went o