Sightings

Sightings May 2018

You don’t really need a boat to see whales or dolphins.. or turtles too! This month we have received some sightings spotted from land in Lanzarote, Canary Islands: a baleen whale heading to Fuerteventura, a turtle swimming very (very!) close to the shore, and a big group of dolphins feeding spotted by our partners Ocean Conservation from the marina. Thank you!

Furthermore, sailing towards Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) one of our partners have seen bottlenose dolphins bowriding his sailboat.

Once again, nautic sports in Galicia (NW Spain) becomes a great source 🙂 This month, Club de Remo Puebla gave us another sighting of three bottlenose dolphins in the harbour. And during the rowing competition “Territorial Norte de Trainerillas” organized by Club de Remo Cabo da Cruz, at least one more bottlenose was around. While coming back from a diving trip, Atlantis Buceo saw one big group of bottlenose dolphins in Ria de Vigo.

And do you remember Viking Explorers?? Fifteen sailboats sailing across the Atlantic organized by 8 Islas and recording whales and dolphins on their way. They have send us their sightings.. dolphins all over! Have a look!

Species sighted this month: bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, Atlantic spotted dolphins, turtle, baleen whale

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Sightings May 2018

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Turtle: 28.855377, -13.810576
Baleen whale: 28.857585, -13.921051
Tursiops truncatus: 42.604617, -8.931499
Tursiops truncatus: 42.606927, -8.892059
Dolphins: 26.588527, -15.281982
Globicephala macrorhynchus: 26.096255, -15.567627
Globicephala macrorhynchus: 26.017298, -16.215820
Probably Stenella frontalis: 16.613822, -25.664063
Dolphins: 16.636192, -43.945313
Dolphins: 13.997370, -39.594727
Dolphins: 25.958045, -24.960937
Dolphins: 15.326572, -52.822266
Dolphins: 14.306969, -56.513672
Dolphins: 28.896496, -13.702698
Tursiops truncatus: 28.149120, -15.356483

Sightings

Sightings March 2018

Have a look at the sightings received this month: March 2018.

A lot of whales and dolphins around the Canaries! Our partners Lava Charter have been sailing around between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.. with sperm whales and dolphins!!

In Galicia (NW Spain), a curious group of bottlenose dolphins has been sighted by a group of kids on a school trip doing nautical activities with Turnauga Turismo Activo. It was the first time for them to see wild dolphins so close to them!! Huge smiles in all their faces in the first spring day of the year.

One of our new upcoming partners (keep tuned to know more!) have reported a fin whale observed while sailing between the Azores and Madeira last November.

And, although a sad record, a stranded fin whale was found in Catalunya (NE Spain).

Species reported this month: bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, sperm whale, fin whale.

 

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Sightings March 2018

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Unidentified dolphins: 28.474727, -13.693085
Physeter macrocephalus: 29.080176, -13.348389
Unidentified baleen: 28.033198, -14.018555
Delphinus delphis: 28.712270, -13.761749
Unidentified dolphins: 28.304381, -13.763123
Balaenoptera physalus: 35.924645, -22.763672
Tursiops truncatus: 42.636421, -8.807344
Sightings

Sightings December 2017

And last sightings of 2017! Amazing year because of you all!!

During December 2017 we have received sightings from several parts of the Atlantic.  Sadly, one of the sightings was a pilot whale stranded in Lanzarote. All the group came along before this animal finally arrived on land. But some other happier sightings were reported! Some common dolphins while sailing around the Canaries. A visit of 20 pilot whales while sailing from Cape Verde to the other side of the Atlantic. A caribbean welcome with Risso’s dolphins to one of our partners after his Transatlantic crossing. And Christmas lunch for bottlenose dolphins spotted while on a diving trip or rowing in the Galician Rias.

Great to spent December out at sea!!

White sighting made in August.

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Sightings December 2017

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Delphinus delphis: 25.739361, -17.158127
Delphinus delphis: 23.703707, -19.772873
Delphinus delphis: 28.847831, -13.797369
Globicephala macrorhynchus: 14.562318, -31.420898
Grampus griseus: 11.983129, -59.038010
Tursiops truncatus: 42.174345, -8.817215
Tursiops truncatus: 42.239194, -8.790779
Tursiops truncatus: 42.584939, -8.919868
Sightings

Sightings November 2017

During November several species have been reported. November is the time of the year when lots of sailboats prepare to cross the ocean  through low latitudes following the Alisios, the trade winds. Usually they set sail in the Canaries to arrive after two-three weeks of wind and sea to the Caribbean. At least till mid January, these adventurous sailors will be leaving the Canaries, some of them stopping at Cape Verde, and some others sailing directly to “the other side”.

Our sightings this time were made sailing between Madeira and the Canaries, leaving the Canaries to cross the Atlantic, and from Cascais heading to the Azores. We don’t want to forget neither one sighting made in the Pacific from the coast around San Diego (California). And one surprising baleen whale (probably minke whale) which appeared last May close to a diver while doing decompression in the Canaries.. How amazing this could be??

Sighted species:

Pilot whales (Globicephala sp.), bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus),

probably minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and unidentified odontocete.

 

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Sightings November 2017

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Globicephala sp: 27.994401, -16.929932
Globicephala sp: 32.583849, -15.227051
Tursiops truncatus: 38.685510, -10.019531
Unidentified species of big odontocetes: 31.952162, -123.750000
Probably Balaenoptera acutorostrata: 28.909752, -13.666801

 

Sightings

Sightings March 2017

Those are the sightings reported in March 2017.

This month’s menu 😉

  • In Galicia, bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) again. This time spotted from land very close to the mussel culture platforms (bateas) in Ría de Vigo.
  • Lots of turtles! All the identified ones were loggerhead (Caretta caretta). Most of them sighted off Madeira-Porto Santo.
  • Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus) and Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) off Lanzarote.
  • A pod of four orcas (Orcinus orca) while sailing between the Canaries and the Caribbean.
  • Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) while sailing between Lanzarote and Madeira, and between Madeira and Porto Santo.
  • Baleen whales travelling north, on the same route as common dolphins. We only saw the blow for one of them, and for the other a bit of head… think it was fin whale!
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Sightings March 2017

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Orcinus orca: 17.308688, -48.867188
Caretta caretta: 34.270836, -7.646484
Tursiops truncatus: 42.283913, -8.679886
Grampus griseus: 28.866925, -13.734283
Stenella frontalis: 32.907647, -16.440582
Turtle: 32.926860, -16.436691
Caretta caretta: 32.930318, -16.443558
Caretta caretta: 32.907262, -16.478577
Delphinus delphis: 32.861132, -16.538086
Tursiops truncatus: 32.794201, -16.562805
Tursiops truncatus: 32.686198, -16.697617
Caretta caretta: 32.639760, -16.696014
Turtle: 32.761102, -16.587525
Delphinus delphis: 29.506549, -14.553223
Baleen whale: 29.773914, -14.772949
Probably Balaenoptera physalus: 30.230595, -14.794922
Delphinus delphis: 29.954935, -14.802247
Delphinus delphis: 31.156408, -15.882569
Stenella frontalis: 28.631812, -17.705451