Whale Watching in The South Atlantic

Whale watching tours to the remote South Atlantic archipelagos of The Falkland Islands and Tristan de Cunha provide whale watching enthusiasts with some exciting viewing of whales at play, performing tail antics, spouting water showers and leaping high in the air then flopping back into the water with an enormous splash. These whale watching trips in the South Atlantic provide wonderful memories for tourists.

Whale watching in the Falkland Islands is very special. The two main islands are East and  ひたちなか市 学習支援   West Falkland, with Port Stanley, the capital, home to the majority of people. From here, it is possible to go on a trip to the other islands and further, to arrange for going on a whale sighting tour. Island hopping is by air and the aircraft used belong to the Falkland Islands Government Air Service. (FIGAS) There is also plenty of other wildlife worth seeing that abound in the Falkland Islands.

Spotted and recorded in the Falkland Islands are the sightings of fourteen different species of marine mammals, including the various different whales and members of the dolphin family. There are also penguins, elephant seals and sea lions found there making a whale watching cruise memorable.

Tristan de Cunha is the most remote inhabited place on earth. The islands are 2000 from the nearest land mass which is South Africa. Being 6 days sail from Cape Town and without an airport, wthe viewing of whales around the Tristan de Cunha islands has to be part of a cruise – there are no short whale watching tours.

Observation finds that the eight species of whales in the Antarctic waters are particularly happy when they are in areas where there is plenty of ice. The whales seen in the Antarctic are Fin, Humpback, Sei, Blue, Sperm and Southern Right, with the huge Blue whale most impressive to view if one is lucky, as these particular whales are extremely rare to sight due to the overhunting of them.

Whale watching in the Antarctic area for the many enthusiasts is a delightful experience, but unfortunately, it is in jeopardy by countries such as Japan still participating in hunting these poor defenceless creatures who only want to live peacefully in their home of the Antarctic Ocean.

Although whale meat is considered as being a luxury food in Japan, many Japanese still eat it and so support the hunting of whales in Antarctica. The “official” theory of their whale hunting in this area is that it is for scientific research purposes only. However, whale meat is still found on the menu of some of the sushi bars.
According to the Japanese Bureau of Statistics, the consumption of whale meat is on the decline while that of chicken and pork is on the increase.

Unfortunately, although the economy of the South Atlantic island nations get a much needed boost from the income from whale watching trips, the tours themselves don’t yet qualify to be called ecotourism.


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