Blue Whales

Blue whale is the largest animal that ever lived in out planet’s history. A true gentle giant, the Blue whale blows it’s very tall columnar over 30 feet as it surfaces.  Its triangular tail fin is raised and gracefully plunges just before it take a  deep dive in search of tins of krill on which it feeds. Blue Whales range is very wide that occurs in all oceans in the world. They feed almost exclusively on krill.  It is assumed that an adult blue whale probably consume six tons of krill a day. Blue whales possess one of the loudest voices in the animal kingdom, emitting low-frequency sounds that can travels hundreds of miles in the deep ocean.

Sri Lanka’s location, marine topography with deep ocean canyons and weather systems has created very hospitable conditions for Blue Whales to live in our waters.  Narrow continental shelf, average of about 22km, often close to the shore concentrates the island’s plankton rich water that attracts Blue Whales. This makes Sri Lanka one of the best places to observe ocean giants.  During the past decade, Sri Lanka has gained a reputation as a treasure trove for whale watching, both among local and foreign tourists mainly due to the spectacle created by the innumerable cetacean species. Mirissa, Kalpitiya & Tricomallee became the leading hotspots to watch whales in Sri Lanka.

  • Scientific name – Balaenoptera musculus
  • Largest Animal ever lived on the planet
  • An adult will reach up to around 100ft and weigh up to 170 tons
  • Has a top speed of 50km/h
  • The diet consists mainly krill and plankton