The Sri Lanka Navy has started a tourist ferry service to watch whales along the southern coastal areas from today. Navy media spokesman Captain Athula Senarath says a luxury vessel with facilities for 350 passengers has been deployed for this service. The luxury ferry service was launched under the patronage of Navy Commander Vice Admiral Somathilaka Dissanayake at the Galle Harbour this morning. A foreign tourist has to pay a sum of 100 dollars for a ticket that lasts for about five hour journey. The Navy Commander says whales can be seen from the sea off southern coastal belt to Kalpitiya area up to next April.