Santo Domingo. – The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources announced this Monday the start of the 2023 humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) watching season: “Dance that brings life”.
Humpback whales draw tourists to the North Shore every year from January 15 to March 31 with their dances and leaps as they migrate from the North Atlantic, Greenland, the United States, Canada, Iceland and the Stellwagen Sister Sanctuary in Massachusetts to mate in the warm Caribbean waters.
“This season marks a milestone at the beginning of the year because it is an opportunity not only to observe one of the largest marine mammals in the world, but also because of the boost it generates to ecotourism, the country’s greatest economic potential,” said the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Miguel Ceara Hatton, who was accompanied by Federico Franco, Vice Minister of Protected Areas and Biodiversity, along with José Ramón Reyes, Vice Minister of Coastal and Marine Resources.
He urged the population to visit the Sanctuary and enjoy the tours from 8:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon by sea or land, while raising awareness about the importance of protecting the species to guarantee ecosystem services of vital importance for life and the planet.
About the season whale
Every year, the Bay of Samaná and its surrounding waters in the northeast of the Dominican Republic, will be defined as the setting for one of nature’s most impressive spectacles. Thousands of humpback whales leave the North Atlantic behind to travel to the warm waters of the tropics, where their breeding and breeding grounds are located.
To protect its wonderful marine life, the Dominican Republic created in 1986 the “Santuario de Mamíferos Marinos Bancos de La Plata y Navidad”, one of the first protected areas of its kind in the world and the largest marine protected area in the Dominican Republic and also the first marine mammal sanctuary created in the Atlantic Ocean.
As in other years, the Ministry of the Environment ordered that the observation season be carried out under strict compliance with the rules established in Law 64-00. This implies keeping a prudent distance, avoiding noise, among other rules for boats for the full care of whales.
The most common way to see humpback whales is on boat excursions that visit the Sanctuary in Samaná in about 3 or 4 hours of navigation.
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