WHALLE WACHTING 2019
Few people know this, but Brazil is one of the best and top destinations for watching one of the most magnificent and spectacular marine animals in the world - whales. Especially between July and November, two species of whales, Jubarte and Franca, migrate from the icy waters of Antarctica to the warm waters of the Brazilian coast for breeding and, therefore, can be seen at different points throughout the country. A region known as the "Whale Route" - which covers the cities of Imbituba, Laguna and Garopaba, south of Santa Catarina - can only be a place full of these incredible animals, but, unlike the other destinations on the list, whales that inhabited there are of the Franca species. In fact, the amount is so great that an area of environmental preservation was created (that goes from the south of Florianópolis to the border with Rio Grande do Sul) precisely with the purpose of protecting and preserving the habitat of the whales. To see the spectacle of these creatures very closely, you can take the boat trip, but you can easily see them from the beach. According to the IBF (INSTITUTO BALEIA FRANCA), the apex of the largest concentration of free whales in Santa Catarina is between the second fortnight of August and mid-October. At that time, the concentration is higher in coves. Included in the list of endangered animals, the Baleia Franca Environmental Protection Area (APA), which is based in Imbituba and encompasses cities between Garopaba and Jaguaruna in the south, already exists on the coast of Santa Catarina. According to the project, each year the population increase reaches 12%. About 700 whales have been cataloged since 1987. About 100 whales arrive every year on the coast of Santa Catarina. Many mates here and return after 12 months to procreate. The mammal can weigh up to 60 tons and measure up to 18 meters. In the summer they return to the South Georgia Islands, Antarctica, to feed themselves.