Sri Lanka plans to lure top dollar eco-tourist lovers to feast on its 26 species of whales currently sunbathing around its coastal belt. Sri Lanka plans to lure top dollar eco-tourist lovers to feast on its 26 species of whales currently sunbathing around its coastal belt. The country plays host to the blue whale – currently the largest mammal in the world – plus its other cousins, the fantail, hump, sperm and killer whales.
Warm waters in the east coast also attracts droves of dolphins – bottlenose, striped – that are sometimes caught by fisherman and illegally sold in the local market.
But the hotspot of Trincomalle off the island’s east coast, is the centre of attraction and the Tourism Ministry plans to convert the town into a ‘whale capital’.
“We are looking at developing the town and coastal areas to capitalise on whale watching,” says Cabinet spokesman Mangala Samaraweera. A high-powered cabinet subcommittee is expected to send in a report in two months.
There has not been an actual count on the number of whales and dolphins that migrate to Sri Lanka todate.
“Whale watching is a fascinating event, which can