6 Ways To Properly Go Whale Watching

Whale watching is one of the fastest growing tourism industries in the world, attracting millions of visitors every year.
Please Note: There are restrictions for whale watching which should always be followed. This includes not being able to come in their way or to touch them. They are generally of aggressive nature when provoked, and have an unpredictable behavior.  
Summer whale behavior mainly involves these majestic creatures to the surface for breeding and taking a plunge out of the waters. The whale watching season in Sydney, Australia begins in May and continues all the way till the end of November – you might want to plan your trip accordingly to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures.

However, many people don’t exactly know the ways in which they can fully enjoy this experience. So here are the 6 tips for when you go whale watching.
1.     Pay attention to whale behavior
You have to be careful when you are going in the waters where there are whales, and always look around the area. If you see a pod hanging nearby, then you should notice their behavior for any changes that could show signs of distress. If you see a sudden change in their swimming pattern or if they are shielding their calves, then it’s best to leave at once because they are trying to protect their offspring from potential threat.
2.     Distance yourself
It is always advised to keep your distance from them. Whales are territorial. Some of them approach the boats and vessels but only out of curiosity to see who is in their territory. It is not necessarily out of a need to communicate or play. The standard distance is about 100 metres from the whales. If you think that you have come too close to the whale then leave the area.
3.     Slow it down
If you are on a guided tour like Oz Whale Watching, then you are in good hands, because the tour guides know how to run a cruise ship around the whales. However, if you are using a personal vessel, keep a 10-knots distance when maneuvering around them. Speeding ships and vessels have caused several whale deaths in the past 10 years.
4.     Place to approach them
The best way to approach these majestic creatures is to be parallel to them while maintaining safe distance. You need to be out of a whale’s path in order for it to swim freely. They’re big enough to be seen from afar if you want to witness some breaching and jumping.
5.     Limit your watching time
Although it’s very exciting to watch whales for hours, you need to stay limit the time since they can be distracted by the presence and sound of your vessel. This may stop them from doing their normal activities like looking for food, mating, and socializing. Stick around the area for no more than an hour.
6.     Do not try to feed or touch them
You need to realize that these are not your regular mammals that will come to you if you throw out some bread crumbs. Whales are gigantic creatures and aggravating them in any way may mean risking your life. Remember, the ocean is their home, not yours.

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