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Blue Whale Watching Hub

Witness the largest animal currently in existence, live in action! Blue Whales are simply magnificent creatures that can reach up to 98 feet in length making them the largest in the world. To see one is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a dream for some travellers. The Fortress Resort & Spa can make this dream come true for you. Just half an hour away from our resort is a quiet fishing hamlet that has now become one of the best destinations for spotting these marine mammals; Mirissa, Sri Lanka. Whale watching is particularly rewarding in this area since the sea around Mirissa is rich in plankton which is a type of microorganism that whales are very fond of feeding on.

Scientists believe that because of this, Mirissa is home to a resident population of whales resulting in many sightings especially during the high season between November and April. Apart from Blue Whales, you’ll have a chance to see a variety of other species such as Sperm Whales, Pygmy Whales, Bryde’s Whales and if you’re lucky, even Killer Whales. In addition, dolphin species including Bottlenose, Common, Risso’s, Spinner and Striped dolphins, have also been spotted around Mirissa.