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Navy launches ferry service for whale watching

Jan 30, 2011 8:15:56 AM - itnnews.lk

The Sri Lanka Navy ventures into wild life tourism. It will launch a ferry service in the southern coastal areas for the benefit of tourists interested in whale watching.

Navy media spokesman Captain Athula Senarath said the Navy will deploy the fast passenger vessel 503 previously used to transport service personnel and civilians between the eastern port city of Trincomalee and Jaffna in the Island’s north. He said that just as the passenger vessel Jetliner now being used for tourism, we want to use the FPV 503 for whale watching. It is a luxury vessel with facilities for 350 passengers.. The ferry will be launched from the Galle Navy camp today under the patronage of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The whale watching is a new activity introduced in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. Between December and April months the seas south of Dondra Head and Mirissa are known for Blue and Sperm whales sightings close to shore.