Seeing Orcas and Dolphins With a Cruise
Have you ever wondered why are Orcas (or Orcinus orista) so big? The short-nosed orca or whale is actually a member of the dolphin family, of which it’s the biggest member. It’s usually recognizable by its black-and-blue bluish patterned skin. This fish has long, narrow flippers, and its tail has a variety of fin tips. In fact, the shape and arrangement of its tail is what draws so much attention, as it can move an impressive distance in the water.
Another name for this species is Cetacea. Other names have been used as well, including a large variety of bird-like names, such as the blue-throated dolphin, the great white shark, the manta ray, and the pilot whales. They are sometimes known as killer whales, but this is not generally accepted. Whales are known to live in warm, tropical environments, where they prey on smaller fish, corals, and squids. These creatures also occasionally bite birds and seals.
If you’re interested in seeing these massive orca whales up close, there are some great options available to you. There’s a great deal of whale watching tours available, some of them guided, and others that are self-guided. A great many of these tours operate in cooperation with the National Marine Fisheries Service. You can take a whale watching trip out of Washington state, which starts in Whittier and goes all the way to Santa Barbara. You can also choose a trip out of Oregon, which will include a visit to the beautiful beaches at sunset, and one to Vancouver, British Columbia, which has plenty of interesting marine life but is also near where the Orcas live.
Most of these trips are designed so that you get a variety of views, though not all of them will take you close to the orcas. You may end up spending a good deal of time just outside their enclosure. Most of these trips take about seven hours, and allow visitors to spend two nights within the protected area. If you’re looking for an even longer cruise, you can choose a three or four day trip that will allow you to see Killer Whales in their natural habitat.
Some of the most popular whale watching tours are designed specifically for people who want to know more about the orca whales. One of these tours takes visitors close to the Galapagos Islands where the largest population of these animals still live. This gives visitors a chance to be among some of the most amazing sea creatures on Earth. The Galapagos Islands are home to a great variety of orca species including the red, gray, white, and blue orca.
There are other types of adventures that you can do on your vacation to observe these unique creatures. One is snorkeling where you will get to view amazing underwater scenery including coral gardens, undersea lakes and puddles, and shipwrecks. If you like to explore shipwrecks, a snorkeling experience at a Galapagos Islands wreck is a must. Another great way to see the orcas and dolphins is to participate in a kayak tour around the islands. Kayaking allows you to see unique marine life that you would never see anywhere else.