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Whale Samana

Kim Beddall of Whale Samana and Team of Pura Mia Whale Watching 55 foot boat.

Whale Samaná promotes responsible whale watching as a viable economic alternative to “whaling” and a sustainable, non-lethal, use of the North Atlantic Humpback whale. “Our Humpbacks are all born here, that makes them Dominican citizens, they migrate north to feed but always return to their beautiful homeland in the sun.” It is our responsibility to protect this amazing resource, patrimony of the Dominican Republic and the greater Caribbean.

Office: Judy Polanco

Whale Watching Samana by Kim Beddall - At the Office : Judy Polanco of Whale Samana.

Judy Polanco is the voice on the phone and the driving force that keeps our operation running. The most important things in her life are; her faith in God, her family and her commitment to children in need, spearheading programs through her church and social organizations. With the same dedication, Judy has made our office her second home and in her words, “just as whale song brings harmony to the depths of the ocean, managing Whale Samana balances the rest of her life”.

Online Reservations : Jan McGillvray

Jan McGillvray en charge des Reservations en Ligne chez Whale Samana.

Jan arrived in the Dominican Republic over 20 years ago from Manitoba, Canada and fell in love with the country that would become her new home. Jan was one of the founders of the first ”Jeep Safari company” on the island and brings with her many years of experience in the tourism industry. Coupled with her love of the ocean and all marine life she has found her niche as the person responsible for our website reservations and the first contact with Whale Samaná for the majority of our whale watchers planning their vacations here in the Dominican Republic. Jan is a wealth of information and her positive attitude and dedication makes her an invaluable member of the Whale Samaná team.

Whale watch vessel: Pura Mia

Samana bay Dominican Republic Whale Wachting Tours aboard Pura Mia 55 Foot Boat.

Custom built 55 foot whale watch vessel with two decks and 360 degree visibility for optimum whale observation. Viewing angle of 6 to 12 feet above sea level insures that passengers are watching whales and not waves. Carries 60 passengers comfortably, with room to move around, providing both sunny and shady areas onboard. Snack bar / service area, educational materials, whale gifts and two bathrooms with running water complete the service.

Captain: Mariano King

Whale Watching Samana aboard Pura Mia 55 foot Boat - Captain Mariano King.

Captain Mariano King, born and raised in Samana, is a direct descendant of American immigrants from Philadelphia that settled here in 1824. His nickname is “Pimpo” and he has been captaining whale watch vessels since 1992 here in Samana Bay. With 20 years of experience, along with an affinity for and understanding of Humpback whale behavior, that is sometimes astonishing, both our passengers and Samana’s whales are in competent hands, in the whale watch area.

Naturalist: Kim Beddall

Kim Beddall of Whale Samana in Samana Port Dominican Republic.

Kim Beddall, animal advocate and conservationist, born and raised in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, has been sharing her passion for marine mammals with whale watchers since 1983. Kim is the founder of commercial whale watching in Samaná, now considered one of the top ten destinations in the world to observe threatened, North Atlantic Humpback whales.

Guest Naturalist: Carine Zimmerman

Carine Zimmermann, guest naturalist at Whale Samana in Dominican Republic.

Carine Zimmermann is an enthusiastic cetacean conservationist, with more than 20 years’ experience, sharing her accumulated knowledge on whales and dolphins. Carine studied environmental consulting, communication and photography also completing several courses on safety at sea and marine mammal observation. She has worked as a whale watching guide in the Strait of Gibraltar and the Canary Islands and is committed to raising awareness about the environment and especially the world’s oceans. Carine born in Switzerland, speaks four languages and knew as a child she would leave her homeland to work with whales.
“Don't dream your life, live your dreams” by advocating for a better world.

Photographer: Eva Reznickova

Eva Reznickova, photographer at Whale Samana in Dominican Republic.

Eva Reznickova , born in the Czech Republic , picked up a camera for the first time in January 2012 and her natural talent for photography soared as she delighted us daily with the images she captured of Humpback whales here in Samana Bay. Eva has added over 130 tail flukes to the CEBSE data base and we are all looking forward to having her on board as our photographer this winter. Eva is an avid outdoorsman and a tireless defender of animals, volunteering for spay neuter operatives and adopting an abandoned puppy here in Samana, who now shares her life in Prague, along with her boyfriend David.
Eva’s smile, sense of humor and zest for adventure make her a popular addition to our team in 2014.

Staff on board: Olmedo and Michel

Pura Mia 55 foot Boat of Whale Samana - Dependable staff on board: Olmedo and Michel.

Olmedo de la Rosa (bottom), at your service on the lower deck. Born and raised in Samana this will be Olmedo’s 20th winter on the water with Humpback whales and whale watchers from all over the world. Olmedo’s #1 concern is your comfort and safety, with a smile, a pat on the back and a willingness to help under any circumstance.
Michel Guillandeau (top), at your service on the upper deck. Born and raised in Samana Michel has spent his last five winters running up and down the stairs to the top deck , serving drinks, carrying bags and assisting passengers with whatever they need at the moment. Michel’s duties also include group photos and assisting the captain.

and Guest Naturalists:
Bernard Amstein and Pierre Gallego

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