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Whale watching in Ecuador is a very famous activity mainly for encouraging the conservation of nature

 

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Whale watching in Ecuador is a very famous activity mainly for encouraging conservation, not only of this aquatic mammal but also the nature. Whale watching is one of the closest contacts with these kind magnificent and intelligent animals. Unfortunately they are in danger of extinction.

 

We have to specify that in Ecuador is only possible to observe humpback whales. This species usually reside in the waters of Antarctica, where their food (plankton, crustaceans and small fish) proliferates. But in winter time they migrate to warmer waters to mate and give birth to their babe whales. As a consequence, the whales travel around the coastal profile of the American Pacific Ocean, up from the south to the coast of Ecuador.

 

The favorite place to watch whales is the Isla de la Plata, also called the "Galapagos of the Poor" (Poor Man's Galapagos). There is a great biodiversity of fauna, especially birds. You can go to see different species, in addition to do similar activities to those that are promoted in the Galapagos, but at a very affordable price (the difference is a couple thousand dollars).

 

Ecuador is so lucky to receive this annual visit, which also brings dolphins. It starts in  the end of  May and finish in November, although the recommended months for humpback whale watching are  between July and September.

 

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is an aquatic mammal of the order of the baleen whales (Mysticeti), also called toothless whales. These are characterized by having no teeth, but instead have plates of keratin (the same material which nails are made) through which they filter food.

 

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The whale watching season in Ecuador is from May to September, and the best months for this activity are between July and September.


In addition to whales, dolphins can be seen. They go with the first mammals by several sections of the ocean.

 

Plan your whale watching in Ecuador asking your travel agency or tour operator of choice.

 

The whales that can be seen at the coast of Ecuador are called humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae).

 

They are the most active specie on the water surface.

 

Each whale has spots on the underside of its tail which are unique in each one, as a human fingerprint.


Protect and take care of the whales, report any misuse of the vessel or any wrongdoing observed in the watching of these amazing mammals.

 

Remember that the best place for whale watching is the Isla de la Plata in the province of Manabi, Ecuador.  Moreover you can   enjoy a lush and exotic nature and appreciation archaeological discoveries.

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