Whale watching is one of the most exhilarating hobbies out there, for those who appreciate the majesty and beauty of these amazing creatures of the sea. Dating to 1950, when the Cabrillo National Monument was declared a public venue for watching gray whales, whale watching has surged in popularity over the past 60 years, and today, estimates have determined that over 12 million people a year engage in this activity.
Whale watching is practiced all over the globe, wherever dense populations of whales exist. Humpback whales congregate off the northeastern coast of the United States, wowing spectators with their acrobatic antics, breaching and tail slapping to the visitors’ delight. Orca pods are frequently seen in the Northeastern Pacific, making Alaska and Washington a key venue, as well. New Zealand offers the world-famous Kaikoura whale-watching spot, with sperm whales being the focus of the “show”… and in the sea around the Philippines, over 30 different species of whales and dolphins can be observed in one small area.
Whale watchers are often concerned about their intrusion into the environment of these fantastic creatures, and the increasing numbers of whale watchers worldwide has spurred a push for regulations to protect the whales’ natural habitats. Many whale watching communities have enacted a series of conservation-based rules; “No wake” speeds and noise minimization are common, as are admonitions to not pursue or encircle whales, to approach in clear view of the animals to avoid surprising them, and to prohibit the practice of swimming with dolphins.
The popularity of whale watching has increased efforts of conservation and awareness, and the concern over commercial whaling. The recently televised exploits of the Sea Shepherd, involved in a series of vitally important Whale Wars, has further increased the global awareness of this controversial topic.
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