The Canary Islands provide suitable conditions to be the home, or favourable 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!
Here below we would like to show you the cetaceans and other wildlife sighted by our research team around Tenerife´s waters.
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.