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Whale and dolphin watching in Sri Lanka has always been a very exciting activity. The thrill that you get when you witness these beautiful and mammoth creatures is always humbling.
Mirissa is Sri Lanka’s top whale watching hotspot, perfect for breathtaking views of the enigmatic creatures. Getting to see the largest animal on earth up close and personal, is a once in a lifetime, awe-inspiring opportunity. Seeing whales in their natural habitat are something only a few of us can dream of, and We, Sri Lanka Whales team make more convenient to you get the unforgettable experience with our professional service.
Sighting Whales in Mirissa SriLanka
Blue whale
The Blue whale is a marine mammal and the largest animal ever known to have existed. The lenght of blue whales is usually around 25 meters and their weight between 150-170 metric tons. The flippers are 3–4 metres long. Blue whales can reach speeds of 50 kilometres per hour over short bursts, usually when interacting with other whales, but 20 kilometres per hour is a more typical traveling speed. When feeding, they slow down to 5 kilometres per hour. Blue whales most commonly live alone or with one other individual. It is not known how long traveling pairs stay together. In locations where there is a high concentration of food, as many as 50 blue whales have been seen scattered over a small area. However, they do not form the large, close-knit groups seen in other baleen species.
Sperm whale
The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is the largest toothed whale and average length of mature male of sperm whale about 16m,normally males are much larger than males,these giant mainly feeds on squid & they dive very deep finding large squids, sperm whales have unique features, it's head is huge 1/3 of the body size & head is blunt and asymmetrical with blow hole being on left. and brain is the largest brain ever & it's around 9kg,
Sperm Whale has spermaceti(semi liquid wax) organ in their huge head and their ambergris is found in the intestines,these ambergris is used in perfume industry and cost millions hence sperm whale is more threaten by the human hunters
Fin whale
The fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), also called the finback whale, razorback, or common rorqual, is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. It is the second longest animal in the world and second largest rorqual after the blue whale, growing to 27.3 metres (89.5 ft) long and weighing nearly 74 tonnes (73 long tons; 82 short tons). The American naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews called the fin whale "the greyhound of the sea... for its beautiful, slender body is built like a racing yacht and the animal can surpass the speed of the fastest ocean steamship." Long and slender, the fin whale's body is brownish-grey with a paler underside. At least two recognized subspecies exist: the North Atlantic and the Southern Hemisphere. It is found in all the major oceans, from polar to tropical waters.
Bryde's whale
The Bryde's whale is a baleen whale, more specifically a rorqual belonging to the same group as blue whales and humpback whales. It has twin blowholes with a low splashguard to the front. Like other rorquals, it has no teeth, but has two rows of baleen plates.Bryde's whales closely resemble their close relative the sei whale. They are remarkably elongated (even more so than fin whales), with the greatest height of the body being 1/7 their total length – compared to 1/6.5 to 1/6.75 in fin whales and only 1/5.5 in sei whales. Bryde's are dark smoky gray dorsally and usually white ventrally, whereas sei whales are often a galvanized blue-gray dorsally and have a variably sized white patch on the throat, a posteriorly oriented white anchor-shaped marking between the pectoral fins, and are blue-gray beyond the anus – although Bryde's off South Africa can have a similar irregular white patch on the throat. Bryde's have a straight rostrum with three longitudinal ridges that extend from the blowholes, where the auxiliary ridges begin as depressions, to the tip of the rostrum.
Bottlenose dolphin
They are grey, varying from dark grey at the top near the dorsal fin to very light grey and almost white at the underside. This countershading makes it hard to see, both from above and below, when swimming. Adults range in length between 2 and 4 metres. and in weight between 150 and 650 kilograms. Males are on average slightly longer and considerably heavier than females. In most parts of the world, the adult's length is about 2.5 meters (8.2 ft), with weight ranges between 200 and 300 kilograms. Their size varies considerably with habitat. Bottlenose dolphins can live for more than 40 years but average lifespan is 20 years or less.
Spinner dolphin
The Spinner Dolphin is usually dark gray, with darker patches in the tail stock, back and throat. Usually it has a creamy-white patch on the belly, though this varies considerably. Their beaks are distinctively long and thin, with a dark tip. The fins, also, are lengthy for dolphins of this size.
Adults vary in length from 129–235 centimetres (51–93 in) and weight from 23–78 kilograms (51–170 lb). Gestation requires about 10 months. Females reach maturity at four to seven years. Males require seven to ten years. Their longevity is unknown. Group sizes vary from just a few animals up to thousands. They often ride boats' bow-waves.
Risso´s dolphin
Risso's have a relatively large anterior body and dorsal fin, while the posterior tapers to a relatively narrow tail. The bulbous head has a vertical crease in front. Infants are dorsally gray to brown and ventrally cream-colored, with a white anchor-shaped area between the pectorals and around the mouth. In older calves, the non-white areas darken to nearly black, and then lighten (except for the always dark dorsal fin.) Linear scars mostly from social interaction eventually cover the bulk of the body. Older individuals appear mostly white. Most individuals have 2-7 pairs of teeth, all in the lower jaw. Length is typically 3.0 malthough specimens may reach 4.3 m. Like most dolphins, males are typically slightly larger than females. This species weighs 300–500 kilograms making it the largest species called "dolphin".