If you want to transform your whale-watching trip into one filled with experience and memorable moments, here are some tips to keep in mind for a responsible and enjoyable whale-watching tour. Many people go on whale-watching trips every year and the number is steadily increasing annually. Watching these gentle mammals as they enjoy their natural habitat is quite fascinating and as long as this exercise is done responsibly, these mammals can get as close as possible and they can showcase quite some theatrics in case you didn’t know. Only if people could understand, love, protect and care about these large creatures, whale-watching activities could leave a positive impact. I wish the Japanese poachers could understand what impact they leave behind when they kill such a large creature only for a small part of the whale and leave the rest to decompose and rot in the sea. Just like they do for elephants, they kill them for a small piece of their body – ivory, so insensitive to these wonderful mammals.
There are as many operators in the sea as possible but only if they can understand and be sensible, these tours can turn into enjoyable joy rides and education while showing some great respect to the whales. Here are the tips:
Make your trip educational and awareness-oriented not an adventure
When planning for a trip to the sea, make sure your tour is more educational and awareness than adventure. These tours are costly and you should look for ways to get the best experience while becoming friendly to the environment and the sea mammals. You should focus your trip to be a learning experience, and understand something about these precious mammals.
If you can’t get into the sea, you can watch whales from the land
There are many places where you can watch whales from the land, believe me, it is equally fascinating and thrilling getting so close to them. But in some instances, you just have to get into the boat and cruise far into the sea for an exemplary encounter with the sea mammals. The Hervey Bay whale watching season begins in July, so better contact a tour company early.
Choose the operator wisely
Great tour operators are humane to these sea mammals, and they put everything about them first including being kind to them. They built up their business with a passion for the whales instead of money first. They do their homework and put in the right research about the possibility of a thrilling encounter with these mammals and are willing to educate first-time visitors or regular visitors about the importance of being kind to whales and how friendly they can be. It is, therefore, your chance and homework to choose such a kind of tour operator. According to research, small boats bring much disturbance to the animals as opposed to big vessels. Whales feel more stress when they have an encounter with too many boats so close to each other. What is more, you will get more clear photos of the whales because vessels are steadier than boats as many of you would like to imagine getting too close could be better.
Keep distance and move on soon
If you are lucky to have a thrilling encounter with the whales, well, let it be a brief encounter to reduce the stress these mammals go through, because they love existing in their habitat with minimal distraction. Move on because there is more to sea than cause harm.