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juanitodelgrande
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In reading this forum, I've seen occasional references to people seeing whales in the waters in and around the USVI. Is this a year around occurence, or does it just happen during a particular time of year? If so, when? And what types of whales are typically spotted? Is it generally one species, or can one enjoy seeing several types of whales? Is there any charter company in the USVI that does whales watching tours, or is the whales presence too rare and sporadic to sustain an actual whale watching charter company? And what about dolphins? I'm from the FL Keys and we generally see Atlantic Bottlenose pretty much year around. I was wondering if was the same in the USVI (lots of them, year around), and if you guys in the USVI maybe see more species than just Bottlenose. Finally, I'm also currious about manatees. Wikipedia says their geographic range extends throughout the Virgins, but the VIs seem to be the extreme eastern edge of their range, so I was wondering if sighting them is a rare or common event there. Thanx for any input you can give me...

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Topic starter Posted : July 10, 2011 6:07 pm
speee1dy
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i have seen them feb and march. once by above the cliff and once by the divi

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Posted : July 10, 2011 6:53 pm
STXBob
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i have seen them feb and march. once by above the cliff and once by the divi

juanitodelgrande: The above locations are on STX. One is north shore towards the west, the other is south shore towards the east.

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Posted : July 10, 2011 7:13 pm
East Ender
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Humpback whales are seen in January and February. There are usually a couple of whale watches with EAST, but they don't always see them. It isn't like Maui in the winter, when you are just about guaranteed to spot them. Yes, there are dolphins year around, again, rare sightings. Sea Cow Bay in Tortola is supposed to be named after manatees, but they are not around anymore.

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Posted : July 10, 2011 10:21 pm
juanitodelgrande
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Thanx for the input everyone, and East Ender. Too bad the manatees aren't around there anymore.

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Topic starter Posted : July 11, 2011 5:39 pm
JoeyBallgame
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i have seen them feb and march. once by above the cliff and once by the divi

The whales, the dolphins, or the manatees?

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Posted : July 11, 2011 10:07 pm
juanitodelgrande
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Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. Presume Speee1dy meant whales...

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Topic starter Posted : July 12, 2011 4:47 am
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