The vast marine outlets attract all groups of dolphins and whales during the annual migration that continues on the shores of Oman.
Dolphins & Whales
Dolphins are easier to find than the bigger whales as they tend to swim in larger groups and surface more frequently. Splashes made by performing dolphins are often the first thing you will see. Some, such as the commonly encountered spinner dolphin, leap over 3 m into the air, before slapping back down onto the water’s surface.There is no single location at which you are most likely to see cetaceans in oman. Patient observers anywhere at sea may eventually be rewarded. However, as an initial guide, many are seen in dhofar and around its offshore islands, which seems to be the area of greatest potential for whale -watching. The waters immediately off muscat, however, are where the majority of whales have been seen.
Close encounters with whales are not unusual along oman’s rich and varied shores. Together with their cousins, the dolphins, there may be as many as 22 species that inhabit or pass through the seas of the sultanate.
In some areas, it is possible to regularly encounter hundreds of spinner dolphins mixed with schools of common dolphins. Boats become surrounded by a sea alive with dolphins, leaping, spinning, somersaulting and generally frolicking around. Risso’s dolphins, false killer whales and perhaps pilot whales may race past, or come in close to bowride. Bottlenose and indo-pacific humpback dolphins are regularly seen and exciting, close up views of humpback, bryde’s, sei, minke and sperm whales have thrilled many an avid observer.