Posted by: ecodestination | February 11, 2009

Responsible whale watching

Whale watching in Sydney

Whale watching in Sydney

Whenever I think of whale watching, I think of Margaret Cho: “Lesbians love whale watching!”  But hey, that doesn’t mean non-lesbians can’t enjoy the splendor of said activity! I’ve never done it (or maybe when I was a kid, but I was too young to be profoundly impacted by it) but it sounds grand.

On a more serious note, as you probably already know, whales are having a hard time these days. I wish humans weren’t so cruel about whales, throwing harpoons at them, selling their meat in the black market, and so on. I guess a lot of us do (that’s why you’re reading this!). You can do something to help stop whaling here as well as make a donation here .

Here are 3 responsible whale watching resources:

Anyway, you can do some gay-and-whale-friendly whale watching at Puerto Vallarta (maybe you’ll find Margaret Cho there!) . Whale watching season in the area started in December and runs through March 23 (hurry!). What you want to do is book a tour-here are some recommended (although not by us) whale watching tour companies. These companies abide by the Mexican government’s official whale watching regulations.

Another good spot for responsible whale watching is Sydney (hey, why not?)

Finally, in Hawaii you’ll find the Pacific Whale Foundation dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins, coral reefs, and general ocean health. They provide eco tours, education, and research opportunities.

You can become a member to aid in their efforts, even adopt a whale or dolphin! I remember when I was a kid, for Christmas I’d give people adoption certificates for endangered animals and a stuffed wolf or whatever animal it was they had adopted. I guess they were expecting something more material, but I didn’t care-I was happy to be helping! Why do you need another iPod or new pair of shoes when you’ve got several already, and you could donate a little money for a good cause? We’re drowning in consumerism, anyway. When you want to gift, think of these laudable causes!!

There are certainly eco ways to whale watch if that’s what you’re into. The three resources above are just the beginning!

If you have any recommendations or words of wisdom, please share them!



  1. In the province of Quebec. in Canada, there is a marine reserve. Saguenay-St-laurent marine park, where there is some strict rules for whale watching.

  2. Nice. Thanks for the tip!!

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