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We share this beautiful world with many creatures.  Some of these can only be found in certain locations.  I know I have travelled to places solely on trying to get a glimpse of the animal and if I am lucky, a photograph or two.

 

Palau – Jelly Fish

The little known destination of Palau in the Pacific Ocean is a marine habitat with a diverse ecosystem.  It is here in Palau in which you will find Jellyfish Lake, situated in the uninhabited Rock Islands.  Inland lakes provide the ideal setting for the Golden Jellyfish and Moon Jellyfish to spawn and take over the water.  You can snorkel among thousands of jelly fish whose sting is mostly harmless to humans.  The jellyfish migrate across the lake during the day feeding on the algae left over by the sun.

 

How to get there:  Jellyfish Lake is accessible by a 50 minute boat ride from the town of Koror.

Time of year: All year round – visible during the daytime only.

Photo credit: http://jellyfishlake.com/

 

Colca Canyon – Andean Condor  

Due to the tall cliff faces in the Colca Canyon, it is an ideal location to spot the Andean Condor.  Colca canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA, making it an impressive sight in deed.  The Condor claims the tile of largest land flying bird, with a wingspan of 3.2 metres.  Follow the old Incan trails through the canyon and keep an eye out for the condor as it soars past you at eye level.  Colca Canyon is also home to other birds such as the Giant Hummingbird and the Andean Goose.  There are plenty of hiking trails to follow and archaeological sights to behold.

 

How to get there: Located 100 km’s from the town of Arequipa in Southern Peru.

Time of year: Visible all year with new hatchlings around May and June.

Photo credit: http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20121012-exploring-perus-epic-colca-canyon

 

Churchill – Polar Bear capital of the world

Churchill is a natural meeting place for Polar Bears.  They wait on the shore of Hudson Bay each year and wait until the ice freezes over.  This enables a safe crossing.  This remote Canadian town comes to life with Polar Bear enthusiasts and is considered the Polar Bear capital of the world.  Due to the remoteness, it is not a cheap destination to get to and costs of tours and accommodation are higher than you will normally pay.  With saying this, it will be worth it.

 

How to get there: You are limited with choice.  Churchill is only accessible by train and by plane.

Time of year: October and November.

Photo credit: http://www.bearlife.org/polar-bears.html

 

Kangaroo Island – Kangaroos

The kangaroo is almost definitely aligned with images of Australia.  It is on the Australian emblem, 50 cent coin and also on the haply named island, Kangaroo Island.  It is here where you can stroll along the beach and witness the kangaroos come down to the sand.  There are other places across Australia in which they hit the beach, but what better place to do it than the island of the same name.

 

How to get there: Fly into Adelaide and take a ferry.

Time of year: All year round with the warmer months having better weather.

Photo credit: https://www.emaze.com/@ALLICOFQ/Kangaroo-Island

 

Hervey Bay – Humpback Whales

During the Southern Hemispheres winter, the Humpback whales make a migratory journey to the warmer waters of Queensland to give birth.  With a calm and sheltered area of water, Hervey Bay provides the ideal location to join a whale watching tour.  Adult whales can range between 12 and 16 metres long.  Have your camera at the ready as the majestic creatures breach out of the water and put a show on for the passing boats.

 

How to get there: Hervey Bay is about 4 hours’ drive from Brisbane and has its own airport.

Time of year: Mid July to early November.

Photo credit: https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz/lifestyle/adventure/tofuaa-seeing-eye-to-eye-with-humpback-whales-in-tonga/

 

Uganda – Gorillas  

See these mystical mountain creatures as you enter their world and become merely an audience member.  You will need to purchase a Gorilla permit for around $600USD beforehand.  As with all wild animals, you may have to trek a few hours before a sighting.  There are a few companies who can track the Gorilla families and guide you to the best position.  TO protect the Gorilla’s health, people who are well will not be able to trek.  This includes suffering from a cold.

 

How to get there: Fly into Entebbe and catch a bus to Bwindi Forest National Park.

Time of year: Available all year however the best months are June to September and December to February.

 Photo credit: http://www.gorilla-tracking-uganda.com/

 

Christmas Island – Red Crab Migration

This is a phenomenon which takes over an entire island.  Christmas Island is an Australian territory which is closer to Indonesia than it is to the coast of Australia.  Never the less, this doesn’t stop the crabs from migrating.  Be careful where you tread as a sea of Red Crabs makes their journey with one thing in mind, to aim for the sea and spawn.  There are roughly 100 million animals who par take.

 

How to get there: Flights from Perth go twice a week.

Time of year: At the beginning of the wet season – usually October and November.

Photo credit: http://whenonearth.net/red-crab-migration-christmas-island/

 

Galapagos Islands – Blue Footed Booby

There is no place like this on Earth.  The Galapagos Islands were made famous by Charles Darwin.  He spent months finding all sorts of animals never seen by the rest of the world at that time.  One of these famous birds is known as the Blue Footed Booby.  Nearly half of the world’s population live on the Galapagos Islands, making it the destination of choice for many bird watchers.  The blue feet are used to attract a suitable mate.

 

How to get there: Catch a flight from Quito, Ecuador.

Time of year: You can visit all year round.  The holiday periods are the most busiest (July and August, December and January)

 Photo Credit: http://www.factzoo.com/birds/blue-footed-booby-deep-diving.html

 

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