Wildlife Photo Tour Sri Lanka  ( 10 - 27 March 2018 )

Sri Lanka is a small island nation in the central Indian Ocean, just off the southern tip of India with a population around 20 million is a mix of Buddhist Sinhalese, Hindu Tamils and others. Sri Lanka is well known for its spectacular scenery and wonderful terrestrial wildlife, including wild Elephants and the fabulous Leopard, but many people knows that Sri Lankan waters are home to some of the best whale
and dolphin watching in the world. Blue Whale, Sperm Whales a variety of dolphins, including Spinners, Bottlenose, Indo-Pacific Bottlenose, Risso’s, Spotted and Striped.

Blue Whales
The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal belonging to the baleen whales (Mysticeti). At 30 metres in length and 170 tonnes or more in weight, it is the largest known animal ever to have existed.
The blue whales from Sri Lanka has been classify as a pygmy blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda) is a subspecies of the blue whale found in the Indian Ocean and the southern Pacific Ocean.
Reaching lengths of 24 metres it is smaller than the other commonly recognized subspecies, B. m. musculus and B. m. intermedia, the former reaching 28 m and the latter 30 m, hence its common name.
The pygmy blue whale is the only one of the three identifiable subspecies to be found regularly in tropical waters.
Sperm Whales
The sperm whale is truly an animal of extremes. The sperm whale is the largest toothed whale: males can reach up to 18 metres and weigh up to 60 metric tonnes, while the females are about a third shorter and half as heavy. It also has the largest brain and the longest intestine on the planet.
A sperm whale's life is similar to humans and other long lived mammals. Sperm whale mothers are pregnant for about 15-18 months. Calves are born at about 4m and the average weight at birth is around 1 metric tonne. Sperm whales nurse for at least 3 years during which time they do not appear to dive deeply with their mothers. As a result, other members of the calf's family remain at the surface to babysit while its mother is at depth feeding.

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