Cetacean sighting

Cetacean sighting

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Cetacean sighting

Dolphin and whale sightings in Tarifa, in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Cetacean sighting Rate

The Strait of Gibraltar, and specifically Tarifa, where the distance between the Spanish coast and the Moroccan coast is only 14km, is one of the most important points in Europe for research, sighting and protection of marine mammals such as dolphins and whales.

In Tarifa there are several organizations that offer the tourist sighting of dolphins and whales and that due to their long experience they can guarantee the sighting of, at least, dolphins.

The local operators that offer whale watching are organizations that are really in charge of the research and protection of these animals, and that collaborate with biologists and universities, and whose funding is based on these ecotourism excursions. For this reason, the operators put great importance in a respectful sighting with the animals and their surroundings, but that is not an impediment for the tourists, since many dolphins and also orcas are very playful and offer an impressive spectacle next to the boats .

cetaceous sighting in Tarifa

The following species can be seen in Tarifa

Several types of dolphins live near Tarifa throughout the year, such as the Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis), which is in danger of extinction in the Mediterranean, the Lined Dolphin (Stenella Coeruleoalba) and the Mular Dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus).

The Calderones, or Pilot Whales (Globicephalas Melas), which really belong to the family of dolphins, are also easily visible throughout the year.

In summer, during the tuna season, Orcas or Killer Whales (Orcinus Orca) come to hunt tuna during their migration between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The Orcas also belong to the dolphin family and are easily found between the beginning of July and the middle of September. Orcas are in critical danger of extinction.

In summer, during the tuna season, Orcas or Killer Whales (Orcinus Orca) come to hunt tuna during their migration between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The Orcas also belong to the dolphin family and are easily found between the beginning of July and the middle of September. Orcas are in critical danger of extinction.

During the winter, spring and even early summer with a bit of luck you can also see sperm whales (Pyseter Macrocephalus). Sperm whales are the largest of the whales with teeth and are in danger of extinction.

During the tour you can also see several seabirds, and with luck even sea turtles.

As these excursions depend a lot on the weather, they can not be done on windy or swell days that are too strong. That is why it is recommended to hire it once you have reached Tarifa. You can book directly at the reception of Hostal Las Margaritas, where we can also confirm the schedules of the excursions, which can be modified daily according to weather conditions and thus we can guarantee visitors the best possible conditions.

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