Other Sea Life
The sea around us contains many interesting animals and plants. How
silly is anyone who goes to sea on a bird watching trip and ignores
other sea life. The experienced fishermen who run the boats are experts
on sealife and can help with identification. Most are happy to share
their knowledge and at the same time learn from the expert birders
aboard. . This section of the web page is devoted to pictures and
identification of sea life other than birds. Mammals including whales,
dolphins, and seal are the primary focus, but sharks, fish, sea turtles,
jellyfish, and plants are included in the “+”..
The animals we go to sea are threatened by many factors:
pollution, ship strikes, over fishing. The page are Threats to
Marine Mammals shows pictures of some of these threats.
One of the best wildlife spectacles in
the world is the whale and dolphin show off the coast of New England!
Isn’t that getting a bit carried away? Well maybe. Certainly there are
better spectacles in Africa, Antarctica and South America. But you
better have big bucks and lots of time if you want to see them. The
coast of New England in the summer offers a choice of many whale
watching boats departing from various ports and sometimes costing less
than $50 for a day trip. On most trips you will see whales and/or
dolphins up close. When you hit a spectacular trip you might see
something like the photograph above showing a close Humpback Whale and a
distant breeching Right Whale. It may not be the best wildlife spectacle
in the world but it is a good one and affordable. One trip is not
enough. Enjoy it often.