Have a whale of a time at Chaaya Blu Trincomalee

Friday, 28 January 2011 02:50 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The remarkable confirmation of whales residing in the waters of the Eastern Coast was initiated by the ‘Nature Trails’ team last year. Since then numerous sightings of blue whales, sperm whales and dolphins have taken place. The deep seas off the coast of Trincomalee seem to be a popular playground for these species during the early months of the year.

To obtain better awareness about the species and their behaviour; ‘Nature Trails’, the specialised naturalist team of the John Keells Hotels Group will team up with Scubazoo Productions to begin filming off Trincomalee in February. This effort will span 45 days and will capture underwater footage of these gentle giants of the sea for the first time in Sri Lanka. This study will reveal secrets of the great ocean creatures and their habits that have never been witnessed within their underwater domain.

Dr. Charles Anderson, celebrated British marine biologist is arriving in Sri Lanka in February for whale watching off Trinco based from Chaaya Blu Trincomalee. Dr.Anderson will be working with the Nature Trails team, and the whale watching group will be at sea for a week, tracking the blue whales off the Eastern Coast. Dr. Anderson who completed several recces earlier this year with the Nature Trails team believes that the densities of blue whales sighted in Trinco will increase from mid February till late April. He will also be training the John Keells Hotels naturalist team on the behaviour and natural history of whales during his stay at Chaaya Blu Trincomalee.

Chitral Jayatilake, head of the Nature Trails team believes this expedition which will engage local scientists and foreign experts along with the Nature Trails team will shed much light on the behaviour of blue whales and their underwater world revealing secrets never captured before on full HD — later this year:  John Keells Hotels Group and Nature Trails are proud to be selected as ground handling agents for an important production that focuses on our marine mammals.