One of the best places in the world to see North Atlantic humpback whales is in Turks and Caicos Islands.
Every year these magnificent animals migrate from as far away as Iceland and Greenland to give birth on the Silver Banks southeast of TCI and north of the Dominican Republic. They make the annual pilgrimage through the Columbus Passage – a body of water separating the western and eastern islands of Turks and Caicos – from late January until early April.
While sightings are common off of Northwest Point and Grace Bay, the migration is best viewed from the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay. Both islands can be easily accessed on a day trip from Providenciales by way of a short 25 to 30 minute flight. During a whale watching trip you can view the whales from the shore, on a boat, or even as you snorkel or scuba dive.
On a Turks and Caicos whale watching trip it is common to see two or three whales travelling together. If you visit toward the latter part of the whale watching season you may even be treated to the sight of a mother with her calf as she returns home with her newborn.
These social animals are known for “putting on a show” and devoting time to play as they make the long trip from the North Atlantic to the Caribbean. Some lucky whale watchers will witness a spectacular show of whales frolicking in their natural habitat, literally just feet away from their boat or the shore.
The humpback whales are easy to spot in part because of their sheer size (they can grow up to 50 feet) and also because their bodies are distinguished by long flippers and black and white tails.
In addition to the ease of seeing the whales make their passage through the Turks and Caicos Islands, they are easy to hear! The whales make loud calls that are reportedly heard as far away as Providenciales. It is suggested that the sounds are used for mating purposes and also to assist with navigation. Some people describe the sounds as musical.
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