Risso's dolphins

February 11, 2019


reveals his brand-new edition 


Standing on the shore of the sea of life, its easy to wonder ‘what if’. And shrink back.

Or – like Howard Martenstyn you can muse that life is an ocean of experience and dive right in!

For the better part of the year, this wild about whales’ enthusiast has been imme...

January 20, 2019

By Chenelle Fernando 

Last week, we stumbled across an incident that made us truly question humanity and the entrenchment of its so-called values that seemed to have unfathomably gone astray.

Two individuals were arrested for selling turtle meat in Arachchikattuwa in the Puttalam District. The incident instantaneously prompted us...

December 9, 2018

Holding, in my hands, Howard Martenstyn’s second edition of “Out of the Blue”, which was launched recently (27 November) in an elegant affair at the Dutch Burgher Union, felt, simultaneously, as though I was carrying a treasure trove of information, thoughtfully laid out in paper, and also as though I was turning the pages and p...

December 2, 2018

A glimpse into Sri Lanka’s treasure trove of marine wildlife, ‘Out of the Blue’ – a book by author Howard Martenstyn – dives into the secrets of the deep ocean.

Uncovering a range of data that poses significant value to our understanding of whales, dolphins, and a range of other marine wildlife, Howard condenses his vast knowledg...

November 29, 2018

A revised and updated edition of my best selling book Out of the Blue on Sri Lankan marine mammals and their environment was launched yesterday in Colombo. 

The first edition of Out of the Blue thrilled readers all over the world with fantastic action photos and mind-blowing facts about the whales, dolphins and other marine...

February 28, 2018

The term Whale Expert or Marine Expert would be too limited a description for this man of the sea who is vastly knowledgeable and passionate about the marine wildlife of Sri Lanka. There are a handful of people you feel honoured to meet and Howard Martenstyn is certainly one of them. A prodigy with a devil-may care attitude, How...

July 26, 2017

Hosted by Jetwing. Curated by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne and Ashok Ferrey with panelists Andrew Kittle, Chaminda Jayasekera, Devaka Weerakoon, Howard Martenstyn, Juliet Coombe, Malaka Rodrigo, Prithiviraj Fernando and Wicky Wickremesekera.

Panel on Wildlife Research:

Chaminda Jayasekera - Slender Lorises & Fishing Cats


January 7, 2017

By Howard Martenstyn

For centuries, Sri Lanka’s whales, dolphins and dugongs were a secret known only to fisherfolk and other residents of the island’s coastal districts, as well as a small number of foreign mariners, whalers and naturalists. Today, whale watching has grown to be an ultimate wildlife experience and is one of the...

By Howard Martenstyn

I have embarked on many an exciting and adventurous journey in my endeavour to observe, protect and encourage best practices in the sightings of the magnificent whale. Yet I can say with confidence that I have just concluded a voyage of a lifetime. As a 145-foot yacth took to the Island's waters, the first ve...

October 29, 2016

By Madushka Balasuriya

“Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world for shipwreck diving and for whale and dolphin watching. That’s an unbeatable combination,” enthuses Independent Marine Researcher Howard Martenstyn.

Martenstyn is addressing the recently-concluded Colombo International Maritime Conference. His presentation c...

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