One of the wonders of the world is the flora and fauna that this magnificent planet produces. With millions of varieties of plants and animals, it can be hard to choose which is the most awe inspiring. Of course the big predators come to mind, lions, tigers, and bears. But so do so many of the other large animal species that are found in Africa, such as elephants, giraffes, and rhinoceros. But, while land animals have captured the attention of the world, whales, the largest creatures ever to exist on earth, are truly some of the most majestic creatures to ever inhabit this planet.
The Dominican Republic hosts one of the winter stops for the humpback whale. This massive animal, which ranges in size from 39’52 feet, and can weigh an average of 79,000 pounds, can be seen during the whale watching season, which lasts approximately from January 15 to March 15 every year. The whales visit the warm Caribbean waters of the Dominican Republic in order to rear their offspring, far from the dangerous reach of predators. Humpback whales can be found in abundance off the coast of Samana, Dominican Republic during the season. This makes Samana one of the Caribbean’s most important whale watching destinations.
I personally took a whale watching tour in February of this year. We started out in a medium sized boat, with about 30 people on board. After going out about 30 minutes or so, the waves were very choppy. Kids on the boat were getting scared, and we werenâ€™t seeing any whales. I just knew that a whale sighting would happen. The captain of the boat communicated with other local captains. They informed each other of the latest sightings so that everyone could share in the excitement. And finally, it happened we saw a whale!
That day we saw many whales – about 4 or 5 in all. We even saw a whale jump out of the water! After all the whale watching excitement, we stopped at the pristine Cayo Levanto for a day at the beach. It was truly a memorable experience, both for the choppy water and the whales that we saw. I strongly recommend a Samana whale watching adventure for those that are not weak at heart, or stomach.