Thursday, March 31, 2016

Daily Sightings for Whales & Dolphin Watching (09/02 - 19/03)

Date
Type of Whale
#
Dolphin
#
2016.02.09
Blue Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
150
2016.02.10
Blue Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
100
2016.02.11
Blue Whale
2
Spinner Dolphins
150
2016.02.12
Blue Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
70
2016.02.12
Killer Whale
2
-
2016.02.12
Bryde Whale
1
-
2016.02.15
Blue Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
100
2016.02.16
Blue Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
75
2016.02.17
Blue Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
50
2016.02.17
-
-
Rissos Dolphins
20
2016.02.18
Blue Whale
1
-
2016.02.19
Bryde Whale
1
Rissos Dolphins
5
2016.02.19
Blue Whale
2
-
2016.02.20
Blue Whale
2
Spinner Dolphins
100
2016.02.21
Blue Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
100
2016.02.22
Blue Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
25
2016.02.23
Blue Whale
4
Rissos Dolphins
7
2016.02.24
Sperm Whale
10
Spinner Dolphins
200
2016.02.25
Blue Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
50
2016.02.26
Blue Whale
1
Bottlenose Dolphins
25
2016.02.26
Pilot Whale
10
-
2016.02.27
Blue Whale
1
Spotted Dolphins
50
2016.02.28
Blue Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
75
2016.02.29
Blue Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
100
2016.03.01
Blue Whale
1
Spotted Dolphins
50
2016.03.02
Blue Whale
2
-
2016.03.03
Blue Whale
2
Spinner Dolphins
30
2016.03.04
Blue Whale
3
-
2016.03.05
Blue Whale
1
-
2016.03.05
Bryde Whale
2
Spinner Dolphins
30
2016.03.06
Blue Whale
6
Spinner Dolphins
20
2016.03.07
Blue Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
200
2016.03.08
Blue Whale
2
Spinner Dolphins
100
2016.03.09
Blue Whale
2
2016.03.10
Blue Whale
1
2016.03.10
Sperm Whale
10
Spinner Dolphins
50
2016.03.11
Bryde Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
100
2016.03.12
Blue Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
300
2016.03.13
-
-
Spotted Dolphins
200
2016.03.14
Bryde Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
100
2016.03.15
Blue Whale
1
2016.03.16
Blue Whale
2
Spinner Dolphins
50
2016.03.17
-
-
Spinner Dolphins
100
2016.03.18
Bryde's Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins
100
2016.03.18
Sperm Whale
3
Spinner Dolphins
25
2016.03.19
Bryde's Whale
1
Spinner Dolphins 
25 


Data courtesy of Mirissa Water Sports (PVT) Ltd.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Strange animal species found in Sinharaja

A new animal species was discovered in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve this evening by Wildlife officials, the Sustainable Development and Wildlife Ministry said. The officials had rushed to scene following information received around 4 pm about a strange kind of animal in the forest. The animal was found after an extensive search in the Panapola Kosgulana area between Weddagala and Pothupitiya in the Sinharaja forest reservation. Wildlife officials informed the department that the animal could not be identified and it appeared to look like a golden mongoose or polecat. But it was different from other polecat species, because it had no tail and its fur was yellow and brown. The forest department is seeking assistance from the villagers or individuals who have seen this animal. This animal weighing around 3.3 kgs is 60 centimeters long. The officials suspect that the animal may not have a tail as it was lost at a younger age. the height of the animal, including its arms span, is about 39.1 centimeters. The department said necessary genetic experiments were to be carried out to identify this animal.