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.
Short Finned Pilot Whale
Rough toothed dolphin
Blainville´s Beaked Whale
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Osprey or Sea hawk
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.