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Friday, February 27, 2015

Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa (22 - 25 Feb 15)

Dolphin & Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa from 22nd - 25th February 2015

DATE                                            # OF WHALES                          # OF DOLPHINS

   

       2015.02.25                            Blue Whale 01               Spinner Dolphins 300+
     
       2015.02.24                            Blue Whale 03+             Spinner Dolphins 30+
                                                                                            Bottlenose Dolphins 20+

       2015.02.23                            Blue Whale 05               Spinner Dolphins 20+

       2015.02.22                            Blue Whale 01               Spinner Dolphins 50+
                                                                                            Spotted Dolphins 20+


Data courtesy of Mirissa Water Sports (PVT) Ltd.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa (17 - 21 Feb 15)

Dolphin & Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa from 17th - 21st February 2015

DATE                                            # OF WHALES                          # OF DOLPHINS
     

       2015.02.21                            Blue Whale 02             Spinner Dolphins 10+

       2015.02.20                            Blue Whale 01+           Spinner Dolphins 50+

       2015.02.19                            Blue Whale 01+           Spinner Dolphins 50+

       2015.02.18                            Blue Whale 02             Bottlenose Dolphins 30+
                                                                                          Spinner Dolphins 30+

       2015.02.17                            Bryde's Whale 01         Spinner Dolphins 200+




Data courtesy of Mirissa Water Sports (PVT) Ltd.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa (09 - 16 Feb 15)

Dolphin & Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa from 9th - 16th February 2015


DATE                                            # OF WHALES                          # OF DOLPHINS


       2015.02.16                             Blue Whale 01

       2015.02.15                             Blue Whale 01              Spinner Dolphins 20+

       2015.02.14                             Blue Whale 01              Stripped Dolphins 50+

       2015.02.13                             Blue Whale 01

       2015.02.12 (Jayasayura - 01)  Blue Whale 01             Bottlenose Dolphins 30+
                                                     Whale Shark 01              Spinner Dolphins 30+
                                                 
                         
                       (Jayasayura - 02)  Blue Whale 01
                                                    Fin Whale 02                   Spinner Dolphins 50+
                                                    Turtle  

       2015.02.11                            Bryde's Whale 02            Spinner Dolphins 50+
                                                     Whale Shark 01

       2015.02.10                             Fin Whale 02                 Spinner Dolphins 20+

       2015.02.09                             Blue Whale 01                                  


Data courtesy of Mirissa Water Sports (PVT) Ltd.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sat 14th Feb, 2015 was...

World Whale Day

Image by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne


Giants of the ocean are celebrated on World Whale Day, which aims to raise awareness of these magnificent creatures. The annual holiday was founded in Maui, Hawaii, in 1980, to honour humpback whales, which swim off its coast. It’s the main showcase of the Maui Whale Festival.
Every year, crowds flock to the island to join in the free all-day event, organised by the Pacific Whale Foundation. The fun starts with a parade including floats, costumed characters and children’s events, plus music from Hawaiian and international stars.

However, you don’t have to visit Maui to mark this special day. Whales need support from wildlife lovers everywhere to meet conservation threats such as loss of habitat and pollution, so a perfect way to celebrate the day would be to take part in a fundraising event wherever you live. You’ll have a whale of a time and aid a great cause!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tour Images (29th Nov 2014 - 14th December 2014)

The following images were taken by Jetwing Eco Holidays naturalist chauffeur guide Lakshman Senanayake while on tour with clients Florian Weber from Germany.

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park


Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park


Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park


Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Leopard at Wilpattu National Park


Leopard at Wilpattu National Park

Blue Whale at Mirissa

Blue Whale at Mirissa

Blue Whale at Mirissa

Blue Whale at Mirissa

Blue Whale at Mirissa

Blue Whale at Mirissa

Sloth Bear at Yala National Park

Sloth Bear at Yala National Park

Sloth Bear at Yala National Park



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Two froggy sisters make news


Two froggy sisters make news

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A kandianus habitat
The Kandyan Dwarf Toad, dubbed the world’s rarest toad, has become a more select amphibian with the discovery that it shares its genus with only one other species, not two as previously thought. The toad, a member of the Adenomus genus, was discovered and last seen in the 1870s and had been thought to be extinct until it was found again in 2009.
Naturalists believed there were three species in the genus but now say DNA analysis reveals that one of them, Dasi’s Dwarf Toad (Adenomus dasi) is, in fact, the Kandyan Dwarf Toad “in disguise”. The other species is Adenomus kelaartii (Kelaart’s toad).
One factor that led to the error in identification is that Adenomus kandianus has fully webbed toes while Adenomus dasi has partially webbed feet.
“When amphibian specialists Kelum Manamendra-Arachchie and Rohan Pethiyagoda were describing Adenomus dasi in 1998 they were actually describing a slightly different mutate of A. kandianus as they had access to only a few specimens,” said lead researcher Dr. Madhava Meegaskumbura of the Faculty of Science at the University of Peradeniya.
“In a paper published last week, we put it right in the spirit of science, testing the species using many different criteria.”
Mr. Pethiyagoda and Mr. Manamendra-Arachchi are co-authors of the new research paper, published in the prestigious international journal Zootaxa.
“They contributed with their previous data and knowledge, did additional measurements and contributed to the writing, making this a collective effort and a better story,” Dr. Meegaskumbura said.
“My graduate students, Gayani Seneviratne, Nayana Wijayatilleke, Beneeta Jayawardene and Champika Bandara also contributed greatly, enabling us to use many different criteria such as DNA, morphology, tadpoles, ecology, vocalisations and bone comparison to ascertain the species boundaries of these toads.”
Dr. Meegaskumbura said the research team had been glad to find a large population of hundreds of these toads at one location; the toads, endemic to Sri Lanka, are on the critically-endangered wildlife list.
Sri Lanka is home to 119 amphibians with as many as 102 of them being endemic, making this country one of the hottest hotspots for amphibian diversity in the world.
There are eight species of toads in Sri Lanka, belonging to two genera called Adenomus and Duttaphrynus, and six of them are endemic to the country.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa (05 - 08 Feb 15)

Dolphin & Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa from 5th - 8th February 2015

DATE                                            # OF WHALES                          # OF DOLPHINS


       2015.02.08                        Blue Whale 01 & Calf                    Spinner Dolphins 50+                
       2015.02.07                        Bryde's Whale 02          
                                                 Sea Birds 100+
                                                 Mantha Ray 01

       2015.02.06                        Bryde's Whale 01                           Spinner Dolphins 50+
                                                 Turtle 02                                         Stripped Dolphins 10+            

       2015.02.05                        Blue Whale 01
                                                 Bryde whales 02
                                                 False killer whale 30+ 


Data courtesy of Mirissa Water Sports (PVT) Ltd.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tour Images (27th Dec 2014 - 10th January 2015)

The following images were taken by client Geoffrey Kempster from the UK while on tour with Jetwing Eco Holidays. Anura Bandara was there naturalist guide.

Areas visited were Sigiriya, Knuckles Wilderness, Nuwara Eliya, Arugambay, Kumana National Park, Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Mirissa, Galle & Sinharaja Rainforest