Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 25, 2017

Mirissa Whale Watching

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Sri Lanka.

This morning I was up before 6am waiting for the tuk-tuk which actually came on time. He took my to the fishing harbour and we got onto the whale watching boat. This dog did not care one iota about all the hustle and bustle.

let sleeping dogs lie
Let sleeping dogs lie

I stayed downstairs because I knew it would be rolling like heck up top. The whole thing only cost me 2000 rupees, which was a bargain – less than twenty bucks.

whale watching boat
Whale-watching Boat.

I must admit I did not expect to see much but we saw heaps of Blue Whales and really up close too. Maybe a bit too close at times. The Coast Guard came past us at one time and warned us to stay away from the whales a bit more. But I did not think the captains paid much attention because they kept getting pretty close.

Blue Whale
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)

The boat itself was not too crowded. I was execting to be shoved into a can of sardines but it was fine. We even got breakfast – a cup of coffee, hot dogs, lolly water, and a slice of cake.

Blue Whale fin
The fin

On the way back we stopped and a Whale Shark swam beneath our boat. You could see the spots on his back and his big wide mouth under the water but he did not surface.

Blue Whale after blow
Just after a blow

I saw this tern sitting out on the water miles from land. I have no idea what it is. Edit: Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) – juvenile.

Mystery Tern
Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) – juvenile.

And for an extra bonus, a couple of shots of sunset at Hikkaduwa.

Hikkaduwa sunset
Hikkaduwa sunset

sunset over island
Sunset over island.

Things I seen

Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
Whale Shark

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) – juvenile.

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