Apr 29, 2020
Dafne Viaggi

Whalewatching in Liguria

Are you planning to visit the Italian Riviera in the future and are you looking for a unique experience and a complete immersion in nature? 

Whalewatching would surely be an option!

Did you know that the Ligurian Sea is part of the protected area called Pelagos Sanctuary? 

The Mediterranean Sea Mammal Sanctuary “Pelagos” is a special marine protected area that stretches between Italy, France and Sardinia. 

Compared to the rest of the Mediterranean Sea, this marine area is characterized by an intense biological activity such as the ascent of nutrients from deep water. In the Pelagos area, therefore, there is a high concentration of zooplankton which, in turn, attracts various levels of predators, including cetaceans.

There are numerous species of cetaceans that can be encountered here, including the Fin whale (the second largest animal on the planet after the blue whale), the Sperm whale (the apnoea king), the Cuvier’s beacked whale, the Long-finned pilot whale, the Risso’s dolphin, the Striped dolphin, the Common bottlenose dolphin and the Short-beaked common dolphins.

You can choose to embark on a scientific boat and make a whole week cruising, becoming a real researcher, or, if you have less time, to do the daily whalewatch cruise. 

The cruises leave from the cities of Genoa and Savona, Loano, Imperia, Andora, Laigueglia, SanRemo and Bordighera (in the western Ligurian area), Recco and Camogli (in the eastern area). These excursions have a duration of about 4 hours of navigation during which you will be introduced to the discovery of these wonderful animals by an expert biologist and you will be involved in the sighting.

written by Veronica Littardi (Dafne Viaggi)

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