Thank you for your interest in the Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project. As much as I would love to respond to your query individually, I am sometimes unable to do so and I do apologise for that. As such, I have put together this list of FAQs, which should help provide you with the answers you seek.
How can I help?
There are two ways in which you can help.
Firstly, this project is funded through competitively obtained grants and fellowships. As you can imagine getting grants is a long and continuous process. If you or anyone you know would like to contribute financially to this project, please use the PayPal donate button on the right hand side of the home page. All funds will be used to cover fieldwork expenses and purchase equipment. Any amount is helpful and goes a long way to unraveling the mysteries of these blue giants. I will be in touch to let you know how your contribution was used.
Secondly, if you or anyone you know has visited Sri Lanka to see the magnificent blue whales and would like to contribute photographs to the photo-ID catalogue - please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are keen to send in your images - don't forget to send your full name so you can be credited for your efforts within the photo catalogue. These images will not be used for anything else unless discussed otherwise. For more details on how we use these images please click here: http://bit.ly/Rg4FHe
When is the best time of year to see blue whales around Sri Lanka?
Off the southern coast whale-watch tours run from December-March while off the east coast the whale-watch season is still being established. This does not reflect the presence or absence of whales but rather, the onset of the two monsoons that drive the climate of the countries within the Northern Indian Ocean.
I am not at liberty to recommend any specific whale-watch companies, as I have not used the services of all that are currently available.
Do you take people out on your research boat?
Unfortunately, due to budget constraints leading to time and boat size limitations, I am unable to accommodate non-scientists on board the research platforms.
I would like to photograph the blue whales for pleasure. Can you help?
I am sure you understand that with the ongoing research I am not in a position to help with these requests. There are companies in Sri Lanka that can however help with relevant permits etc. Please try searching on Google.
Can you tell me more about this project and the research you do?
Please watch the following selection of short documentaries on my work with the Sri Lankan blue whales and read the CNN opinion piece.
Channel 7 documentary
The New York Times
CNN interview and opinion piece