Watching whales jump and dance in the ocean is an extraordinary experience. Not everyone gets a chance like that. That’s why it’s often in many travelers’ bucket lists.
The San Juan islands is a popular spot for whale watching. It has an abundant wildlife of many varieties and three different pods of Orca whales frequenting the area. Spotting these majestic marine animals here is not uncommon, but to make the experience more worthwhile, you have to be a responsible watcher as well.
Here are some tips on how to make the most of your adventure.
The ocean is full of surprises. Doing some research before your trip will help you identify the species you’ll spot. People come for the whales, but doing a little advance search about all the other animals and birds that are in the area will greatly enrich your adventure. You’ll be able to recognize them when you see them in person and impress the rest of your party.
Record Your Adventure
Since it’s almost a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the best way to preserve it is to capture amazing moments. Have your camera ready and snap a shot whenever you see any wildlife around. Even the latest smart phones are high definition, allowing you crop your best shots to bring out the action. Sharing these photos or videos can also help raise awareness about bird or marine life and help people appreciate its beauty and significance. Sometimes you may even capture unusual behavior that may help organizations in their scientific research.
Avoid Feeding or Touching Them
It can be pretty tempting, but feeding and touching marine animals won’t do anyone good. Whales source food for themselves. Giving them food, even proper ones, may affect their natural way of living and health.
The same goes for touching wild animals. Animals misinterpreting your intentions can trigger aggressiveness or your contact may transmit diseases. It’s best to simply watch them from afar and let them roam free.
Keep It Clean
Don’t leave anything behind. Take home all the litter or dispose them properly to keep the sea clean. Remember that there are millions of species living in the water and every bit of trash can cause marine pollution. Imagine ingesting plastic containers and thinking it is food. It’s your responsibility to take care of your environment not only for these animals, but also for yourself and the future of our planet.
Relax and Enjoy
The sea has a calming sound and feel that could affect all your senses. Basking in its magic can help relax your mind and body, helping you forget all your worries even for a while. This is good for your mental and emotional health.
Nature has given humankind this special gift. It’s up to you and your whale watching operator to protect and preserve it for the following generations. Being a responsible whale watcher is one way to do it.
Responsible Whale Watching, Responsibletravel.com
10 Tips for Great Whalewatching, Wildsea.eu