List of Tenerife Cetacean Species

What whales and dolphins are in Tenerife?

An ideal island for whales and dolphins

Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Species

The island of Tenerife creates a unique ocean environment where in 2018 we observed 17 different species of whales and dolphins! Did you know that Tenerife is the third tallest volcanic island in the world? The dormant volcano ‘El Teide’ rises almost 8km from the ocean floor to the tallest peak of the volcano on the island.  This creates a steep underwater topography between Tenerife and our neighbouring island, La Gomera. This pass between the islands is a rich ecosystem where whales and dolphins hunt in depths of up to 3000m. We take guests into this unique and cetacean rich marine environment to explore during our Tenerife whale and dolphin watching tours.

Commonly Encountered Cetacean Species

Globicephala macrorhynchus

Pilot Whale

Tenerife is home to one the largest resident populations of short finned Pilot whales in the world! Typically found not far offshore the Pilot whales are seen on 99% of our tours.

Tursiops truncatus

Bottlenose Dolphin

Both the coastal and oceanic eco-types of Bottlenose dolphins can be seen all year in Tenerife. The Bottlenose dolphin is seen on over 90% of our tours.

Frequently Encountered Cetacean Species

spotted dolphins are commonly seen in Tenerife

Stenella frontalis

Spotted Dolphins

Balaenoptera brydei

Bryde's Whales

Infrequently Encountered Cetacean Species

there is a resident population of Sperm whales in Tenerife

Physeter macrocephalus

Sperm Whales

Delphinus delphis

Common Dolphin

Balaenoptera physalus

Fin Whale

Stenella coeruleoalba

Striped Dolphin

Mesoplodon densirostris

Blainville's Beaked Whale

Rough toothed dolphins are infrequently seen along Costa Adeje Tenerife

Steno bredanensis

Rough Toothed Dolphin

Rarely Encountered Cetacean Species

Most Rare Whale and Dolphin Species

Blue Whale – Sei Whale – Humpback Whale – Minke Whale – Fraser’s Dolphin – Risso’s Dolphins – Orca – False Killer Whale – Dwarf Sperm Whale – Pygmy Sperm Whale – Gerval’s Beaked Whale – True’s Beaked Whale – Northern Bottlenose Whale – Cuvier’s Beaked Whale