Kalpitiya: April is showtime for Sperm Whales and Spinner Dolphins

 

RIAZ CADER

 

Kalpitiya is the hot spot for dolphins right now. Here Spinner Dolphins are encountered on almost a daily basis often in pods of a thousand or more. Spinners are very social and are often seen leaping and doing full body spins out of the water in spectacular aerial displays. The dolphins are seen predominantly in-shore of the reef in shallow waters.

When you venture out further West approximately seven nautical miles from the land and travel along on a North-South axis for a chance to encounter sperm whales. The continental shelf is the point at which there is a steep increase in the ocean depth from around 100 metres to over a 1000 metres in a very short distance. [Read more…]