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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Bramham (28 Sep 08 16:02)

There are several trips advertised to go whale watching in the Caribbean but more often than not they are not successful. The chance of seeing whales from your ship is also just as haphazard but there is still a chance. You could try watching the flying fish and when you are docked the sharks which often gather round the ships, the sharks are quite small as a rule with no triangular fin cutting the surface but the flying fish can fly for over 75 metres. Regards. ... Neil.

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Bramham - replied to Neil & Ida Down (28 Sep 08 16:10)

Thanks for your answer. I appreciate that the chance of seeing whales is quite haphazard and I expect that it also depends on the time of year etc. As you say there are often a lot of flying fish around which we have seen and are very interesting. I will have to look out for the sharks when we dock. We will just have to go on a different cruise in the future to Alaska maybe where we will have a much better change of seeing them. Thanks again.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Bramham (28 Sep 08 21:19)

We've just come back from a cruise to New England and Canada and had loads of sightings but Alaska and around Vancouver Islnad provided us, on a different cruise of course, with some superb encounters. Never give up though because sightings happen all over the world now. Regards. Neil.

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Macro - replied to Bramham (29 Sep 08 04:15)

Try closer to home - Scotland, or more specifically the Isle of Mull. The whales make their way up the west coast. Spring/Autumn are best. The West Coast of Scotland is one of the most important habitats for whales, dolphins, and porpoises (cetaceans) in Europe. Twenty four species -nearly a third of the world total have been reported from this region from the mighty Blue Whale, Orca, Minke,Humpback, Sei, Fin, Sperm whale etc., Dolphins (6 species) to the tiny Harbour Porpoise. You can even see them from land. Cruise round Britain and enjoy - we have done it twice (Grand Princess and Voyage of Discovery) as we felt guilty about how little we knew our own country. It was great with lovely weather. My favorite - Orkney Isles. Beautiful and so much to see and do. The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust will give you a head start. Do I see a weekend away coming on? Good luck.

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Bramham - replied to Macro (29 Sep 08 10:49)

Thanks for that - yes I see a long weekend coming on hopefully!!

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MASON - Answered a Question by Bramham (29 Sep 08 21:39)

Was very fortunate to see quite a few Whales off the island of DOMINICA in January one year .Apparently its a natural breeding ground off the island as the water is deeper .Also the wales are monitored and protected around the island.

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