Facts about Whales – Witnessing the world’s largest creatures up close and personal!

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Whales are one of the world’s most enigmatic creatures that roam vast oceans around the world. The blue whale which belongs to this species is by far the world’s largest Animal. Read on to know more facts about this fascinating creature.

Whales | Image Credit: Gabriel Barathieu, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sperm_whale_pod.jpg">Sperm whale pod</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode" rel="license">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Whales | Image Credit: Gabriel Barathieu, Sperm whale pod, CC BY-SA 2.0

Overview

Whales are creatures that belong to the order cetacean, which includes dolphins, whales and porpoises, the whales are then divided into suborders they are namely, toothed and baleen whales. like most of the mammals, whales are warm-blooded and they breathe through their lungs.

Diet

The diet of whales differs from species to species ranging from small microscopic organisms such as planktons to large marine creatures.

Behaviour

Most of the large whale species are migratory and they tend to travel long distances from their icy cold feeding ground to warm waters to breed. They travel in groups and they care for their young like many other mammals.

Seeing them

Spotting whales in the oceans can be very difficult but if you get the timings right you might get a chance to see these creatures up close and personal. Sri Lanka being a country located in between the migratory routes of many whale species is an ideal destination to watch whales and located on the southern coast of the island. Hotels in Mirissa the likes of Sri Sharavi Beach Villas & Spa offer facilities to book a whale watching charters to witness these gentle giants up close and personal.

Threats

The whale population of the seas are continuing to decrease due to climatic changes and human activities. These gentle giants are under constant threat from humans as many of them are being hunted for the production of medicines and health supplements.

Damon Starky is a creative nomadic travel writer, who is well informed and experienced on a wide range of interests that would connect to the needs of any type of traveler. Google+

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