Striped Dolphins in Tenerife
Today we added a new species to the Whale Watch Tenerife sightings list with the Striped dolphin. This brings the total number of whale and dolphin species we have documented to 7 in just a few weeks. Striped dolphins are seasonal visitors to the Canary Islands, often seen for a few days at a time once they arrive in the islands. Dr Marc at our Cetacean Sightings Station found the pod of Striped Dolphins and was able to direct our boat to the area for some wonderful observations of these amazing cetaceans.
Striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) are an oceanic species that are found throughout all the worlds oceans. They grow to about 2.5 meters in length and up to 150 kg. Their sides have distinctive color bands making identification quite easy. They are often found in deep, offshore waters in large pods of 100 to over 1,000 individuals. They are an actively swimming and erratically moving species that makes for exciting observations.
When we do see Striped dolphins in Tenerife they are usually in pods of 40-50 cetaceans. They seem to enjoy approaching our whale watching boat and will bow ride, but usually only for short moments. Groups porpoising and leaping in unison are common and exhilarating to observe. We hope to have many more encounters with the acrobatic Striped dolphins here in Tenerife!