The Canary Islands hold suitable conditions to be home, or favorable migration stop, for many species of whales and dolphins. From the total 92 of cetacean species found in the world, 31 have been reported in the Canaries in the last 30 years.

Furthermore, it is possible to encounter several species in a reduced marine area. The volcanic geology of the islands with sharp changes in depths, together with the geography that exposes the islands to oceanic cold currents, brings coastal and oceanic cetaceans together, as well as shallow and deep water species.

The Canary Islands have been called the fortunate islands since the Greek and Roman times, and at WWET we could not agree more! We want to share with you the cetaceans and other wildlife recorded by our research team around Tenerife´s waters.
RESIDENTS ODONTOCETI (most expected to see in our tours)
short finned pilot whale1
(Globicephala macrorhynchus)

Short Finned Pilot Whale

bottlenose dolphin 3
(Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose Dolphin

Loggerhead Sea Turtle
(Caretta caretta)

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Osprey or Sea hawk
(Pandion haliaetus)

Osprey or Sea hawk

Scopoli´s shearwater
(Calonectris diomedea)

Scopoli´s shearwater

z flying fish
(Exocoetidae family)

Flying fish

For a fuller description of cetacean species of the world, please go to: Whaleopedia to find an excellent educational work created by Animal Fund.
Copyright: Illustrations are a kind gesture and courtesy of Larry and Mary Foster.

Some pictures are courtesy of Bob Pitman, Birgit Wining / EarthViews Productions.
(Please note that their pictures were selected for a better visual of the animals, and were not taken in Tenerife)

Special thanks to Stanley M. Minasian from Animal Fund for all his kindness and help.