The team is currently using a bigger new boat. They sent a tuk-tuk driver to pick me up in the early morning and provided hot tea, ginger biscuits(for seasickness, how considerate!) and motion sickness medicine on shore. Fresh fruit plate, toast and omelet came along later on the way.
I was not so lucky with the sickness that day. The crew set a bed for me in the cabin and kept checking me out the whole time. They even took my camera and took a lot of pictures and videos for me. I kinda liked the way they encouraged me to get up and watch because they didn't want me to miss a thing!
Check out their notice board on Mirissa beach, you can find everyday watching update there.
While the whale watching scene is booming in Mirissa these days, it is delightful to see a local business still truly caring about those animals being watched.
Raja's love for animals is undoubted. He is trying his best to balance tourist's need for eye-opening experience and animal's life undisturbed. He is taking what he is doing very seriously not so much a business as a lifelong pursuit, promoting whale watching as an alternative to his former job as a fisherman. He found this a way of calling attention to marine animal conservation in Sri Lanka, and ever since has been giving back to the ocean in return.
His effort is respectable and worth supporting. I would love to come back to Mirissa and sail out with Raja & the whales again.
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