Santo Domingo. – The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources reported that since the beginning of the 2022 humpback whale watching season, on January 15, more than 35 thousand people have been able to enjoy this dance that perpetuates the species.
The season, which ends on March 31 for the Bay of Samaná, has been able to overcome the closing of the 2021 observation that had the visit of 32,984 people in the waters of the Bancos de la Plata Marine Mammal Sanctuary and Christmas.
In the 7 weeks that the start of the 2022 season has, until February 11, approximately 35,685 foreigners and Dominicans have enjoyed whale watching. Similarly, so far this year the birth of 7 calves has been confirmed in this bay. The 2021 figure was 18 humpback whales born in Samaná.
The departure points for whale watching are located at the Samaná pier, as well as in the provinces of Hato Mayor and Seibo. The visits take place from 8:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon.The information was released during a working visit made by Environment Minister Orlando Jorge Mera in the province of Samaná.
Between 2,000 and 3,000 humpback whales travel each year from the North Atlantic to the waters of the Caribbean Sea to mate and give birth, which allows, in addition to being observed by Dominicans and foreigners, scientific research, such as the monitoring carried out by the Center for the Conservation and Ecodevelopment of the Bay of Samaná, (Cebse), through photo identification, which allows knowing each marine animal through its tail.
This is the main ecotourism activity that takes place in the northwestern part of the country, where national and foreign tourists enjoy the migrations of these marine animals that come from Greenland, Canada, Iceland and the Brother Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, in Massachusetts, United States. United, with the aim of procreating in the warm Caribbean waters.
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