Humpback Whale

Attraction

Wildlife in Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic's warm tropical climate, lush forests, delicate coral reefs and beautiful beaches attract more than just holidaymakers. Birds, both indigenous and migratory, include parrots, parakeets, hummingbirds, pelicans, flamingos and hundreds more. Reptiles include the endangered rhinoceros iguana and the American crocodile, which can grow up to four metres long. Off the Dominican coast, hundreds of species of fish dart about the coral reefs; leatherback, loggerhead, hawksbill and green turtles swim gracefully and the endangered West Indian manatee can sometimes be seen grazing on aquatic plants. Last but by no means least, the north coast is one of the world's principal breeding grounds for humpback whales.

Whale Watching
Every year, thousands of humpback whales migrate from the North Atlantic to the waters off the Samana headland to breed. When the calves are born, they will drink 50 gallons of their mother’s milk a day, helping them grow big and strong to survive the journey back to the feeding grounds in the north. The whale watching season stretches from mid-January to mid-March and it will prove to be a sight you won't forget in a hurry.

Dolphin Encounters
A swim with these friendly, playful creatures is on many people’s bucket list. Head to Punta Cana and sail out to Dolphin Island, a platform in the open ocean, to share the warm water with dolphins in their natural environment. You can also swim with sea lions, sting rays and nurse sharks.