List of Tenerife Cetacean Species

What whales and dolphins are in Tenerife?

cetacean species seen on whale and dolphin watching tours from Costa Adeje 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

Pilot whales are the most commonly seen cetacean species in Tenerife

Globicephala macrorhynchus

Pilot Whale

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

the bottlenose dolphin is the second most common species seen in Tenerife

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

the Spotted dolphin is a commonly seen species of cetacean in Tenerife

Stenella frontalis

Spotted Dolphins

the Bryde's whale is the most common species of baleen whale seen in Tenerife

Balaenoptera brydei

Bryde's Whales

Infrequently Encountered Cetacean Species
Sperm whales are a resident species in Tenerife

Physeter macrocephalus

Sperm Whales

the short beaked common dolphin is a frequently seen species in Tenerife

Delphinus delphis

Common Dolphin

Rarely Encountered Cetacean Species
a list of whale and dolphin species rarely seen in Tenerife

Most Rare Whale and Dolphin Species

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