Watching dolphins in Kalpitiya

Dolphins are one of the fascinating creatures in the world. Dolphins are believed to be one of the most intelligent animals in the world. You might have heard of interesting stories that revolve around dolphins. Some of them show how the people, who were in trouble, were helped by dolphins in the ocean. But, this is not a story that re-iterates the capabilities of this intelligent animal. This story reveals you one of the best places for spotting Dolphins, of course in their natural habitat.

You may also have encountered this whale and dolphin watching spot during your holiday in Sri Lanka; it is none other than the popular surfing destination Kalpitiya. Kalpitiya is a popular beach holiday destination and a surfing spot that attracts a large number of travellers every year. Very recently large number of whales numbering more than hundreds recorded in the waters off Kalpitiya during the earthquake in the ocean off Sumatra. Even though it is a rare incident due to the earth tremor, Kalpitiya is inhabited by a large number of whales and dolphins and popular place for whale and dolphin watching. The tourists are offered whale watching excursions by the boat operators in the area. Recently we had the opportunity to take this excursion with some of our guests.

We left Kalpitiya in early hours of the day and after travelling about an hour we were able to hear the word dolphin from one of the members of the group. It was one of the members of the crew, who had seen them first. He showed us some object jumping on the water surfaces in the distance. We were not able to recognize it, due to its similar colour to the water. There were several groups on the way with us, who were also much eager to see the dolphins. After travelling several minutes towards the objects that we saw, we were able to recognize several dolphins. This time we see the mischievous and playful troop of animal swimming ahead of our vessel. They seem to be playing hide and seek with us; they are appearing time to time from the surface of the water while swimming fast simultaneously.

All of a sudden several animals appeared from other sides of the boat. It seems we were surrounded by them. Most of the animals are about four feet in length and dark ash coloured. We were very happy to see the dolphin that was appearing on the water surface. They usually jump about 2 to 3 feet from the surface and you have a fraction of a second to take the glimpse of it. All the travellers onboard were thoroughly enjoying this acrobatic show of this fascinating creature. Maybe you have seen the same picture in the zoo, where the dolphins are trained to do so. But, here it is totally different because here they are free and they definitely enjoying doing it themselves.

We were fortunate to have the opportunity of seeing dolphins in their natural habitat, and we were happy seeing them. Even though spotting dolphins and whales off Kalpitiya is often, there are instances that people come back without any signs of animals. All of a sudden dolphins started to leave us and swam away from us to the deep deep water. They accelerated the speed and suddenly we have the empty see around us.


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