Whales and Dolphins

About 20 types of whale have been sighted in the waters of Oman so far. Only rarely is it possible to see a whale from the beach. Dolphins, however, regularly swim alongside fishing and excursion boats.

Of the round 80 known types of whale, about 20 have been sighted in the waters of Oman so far. While many of them are resident in the Indian Ocean, others only appear at certain times of the year. Those most frequently seen are the sperm-whale and the humpback whale. In order to see a whale, a lot of luck and patience is required along with a boat trip out onto the sea. Only rarely is it possible to see a whale from the beach.

Dolphins, however, can be spotted more easily, especially in the south of Oman: a slow, panoramic look out onto the sea from the long coastal beaches is recommended. On the Musandam peninsula, however, they regularly accompany the fishing and excursion boats.

-> Literature:

  1. - Whales and Dolphins of Arabia
  2. - Marine Life of Arabian Seas
  3. - Dolphins