Trinco Blu by Cinnamon invites guests to witness an annual marvel – the emergence
of the gentle giants of the sea. The first blue whale on the east coast has
been spotted and the season of the ultimate marine mammal excursion has kicked
off. Harnessing the services of the expert naturalists at Cinnamon Nature Trails (CNT) all guests visiting Trinco Blu by
Cinnamon are welcome to explore the annual whale phenomenon.
Commenting on this amazing experience, CNT Manager of Field
Operations and Wild Life Biologist, Mr.
Vimukthi Weeratunga states; “Whale and Dolphin watching at Trincomalee is a
unique experience, as its waters are home to the deepest sea canyon in the
country which meets the nutrient rich waters of the Mahaweli River, creating
the ideal conditions required for a thriving congregation of marine mammals.”
Guests visiting this resort shall enjoy the cool sandy
beaches of Trinco and even catch a glimpse of a great blue whale whilst soaking
up the sun. The resort offers the perfect base to set out for a whale watching
excursion, as visitors do not have to travel more than 6km into the sea to
witness a considerable number of sperm whales and of course the most
anticipated blue whales. During this season, Trinco is the whale watching hot
spot and CNT will ensure that guests will have as many whale sightings as the
weather and tide allows. Further guaranteeing this promise, the CNT team has
been GPS tracking the locations of all the eastern whales for the past 6 years.
Escorted by experts from CNT, guests will gain the added
bonus of witnessing off-shore birds whilst scouring the sea for the great and
playful mammals of the ocean – the whales and the dolphins. Cruising towards
the middle of the sea, guests will find themselves surrounded by the beauty of
nature. With luck riding onboard, guests just might be entertained by the mega
pod of sperm whales. This is a miraculous and rare spectacle, but nonetheless
possible, given there are perfect conditions. It is this exhilarating anticipation
that a guest of Trinco Blu by Cinnamon is invited to take a chance on.
The Indian Ocean was declared as a whale sanctuary in 1981,
which in turn had the BBC filming sperm whales in Trinco in 1982, the first
recordings of the mega pod in Sri Lanka’s eastern waters. It is the Cinnamon
Nature Trails team with the support of Sri Lanka Navy that initiated the search
for whales in the eastern waters at the dawn of peace in 2010 and found that
the whale population discovered decades ago were still very much in existence.
This inspired the CNT team to develop their research and further ensure the
preservation of the marine mammals in this area. Using GPS location tracking
the CNT team together with specialists hope to ascertain the science behind the
mega pod, consisting of an estimated 200 sperm whales, continuously
congregating in the eastern waters of the Island during this season – end March
to mid-May. One of the team’s most featured marine naturalist Dayaratne was
filmed and interviewed by BBC last year, for his efforts to follow the mega
Taking it one step further, the CNT team has also developed a
unique relationship with the fisher community, teaming up with them as
operational partners. The fisher community are now provided with sophisticated
engines for their whaler boats to help with the whale watching excursions.