Fin Whale

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Today we were thrilled to be able to observe two Fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) as they transited the Teno-Rasca Marine Protected Area several times. Fin whales are the second largest whale species on the planet, the largest being the Blue whale. Encountering these Fin whales brings our list of cetacean species encountered to a total of 13 different species of whales and dolphins seen on our Tenerife whale watching tours during our first year.

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Blainville’s Beaked Whales

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Today Tenerife had another new cetacean species for us to add to our catalog – the Blainville’s Beaked whale! Not only did we manage to observe a new species, but the experience was extraordinary with a pod of 5 whales slowly swimming and surfacing frequently. We were very excited to add a beaked whale to our list, bringing our total to 12 different cetacean species seen on our Tenerife whale watching tours.

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Rough-Toothed Dolphin

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Tenerife had a new surprise in store for our whale watchers today when we encountered a pod of 8 Rough-toothed dolphins for the first time in the young history of Whale Watch Tenerife. This brings the list of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) that we have seen up to 11 different species. We are very excited about the success our Cetacean Sightings Station is bringing our new little science based whale watching organisation!

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Humpback Whale

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Tenerife seems to always have many cetacean species to encounter, today there was a new surprise in store for our whale watchers when we found a Humpback Whale. This is the 10th cetacean (whale and dolphin) species that we have seen on our tours in the last few months. It is very exciting to have our Cetacean Sightings Station proving a success for our little science based whale watching tours organisation!

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Sei Whale

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Today we were very excited to observe a Sei whale here in Tenerife! Sei whales are rarely sighted even though they are the 3rd largest baleen whale species in the world! Thanks to Dr Marc at our Cetacean Sightings Station who found the whale and so we were able to head directly to the area for some great observations. The whale was swimming erratic patterns which can be an indication of feeding behaviour (fish ...

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Pilot Whale ID Project

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Whale Watch Tenerife is pleased to announce our latest cetacean research collaboration with the Calderones de Canarias project. Calderones de Canarias is a Photo ID catalog research project of the Pilot Whales here in southern Tenerife. The research program was created a group including Mirna Piñero Mesa a whale watching Captain, Naturalist and Conservationist working in the whale watching industry here in southern Tenerife.

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MONICET

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Whale Watch Tenerife is pleased to announce our collaboration with the MONICET cetacean research organization. MONICET is an organization originally founded in the Azores Islands. Its mandate is to work with whale watching organisations that collect visual data (photos, GPS locations, etc.), a set of data that allows them to understand the populations of whales and dolphins in the islands. This is very effective approach to see the long-term trends in cetacean populations.

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Frasers Dolphins

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Today we had our first observation of Fraser’s dolphins on our Tenerife whale watching tours. The Fraser’s dolphin is a rare visitor to the Canary Islands and has not been otherwise reported in several years. Whale Watch Tenerife created the first Cetacean Sightings Station to improve the success of whale and dolphin watching tours in Tenerife and with this observation we have extended the number of cetaceans we have seen in the first few ...

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Striped Dolphin

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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 ...

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