LANZAROTE WHALES & DOLPHINS SIGHTINGS GROUP
The waters of the North Atlantic Ocean which surround the island of Lanzarote, including the smaller islands which form the archipelago to the north, are home to a variety of species of cetaceans. In fact, the Canary Islands as a whole are ranked as one of the top areas in the world to spot whales and dolphins.
The information on the sightings which we record is received from the crew members of the various boat excursions which take place around the coastline of Lanzarote. Until fairly recently, SECAC (Society for the Study of Cetaceans in the Canary Archipelago), founded in 1995, maintained a Whale and Dolphin Museum in Puerto Calero Marina, and were active in the research, promotion and conservation of cetaceans in the Canary Islands. The museum provided a good source of information about these majestic animals and any queries regarding identification could easily be resolved, but, sadly, the museum has now closed. However, SECAC is still in existence and still very active (www.cetaceos.org).
Being out on the seas most days ourselves, we often come across a pod of dolphins, or solitary or small groups of whales, and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to photograph and identify these amazing cetaceans in their natural environment. These experiences can then be shared via social media sites for everyone to enjoy. Our records, kept since 2013, have shown sightings of cetaceans throughout all months of the years, revealing that the island is not just on a migratory route. Of course, you don´t necessarily have to be out on a boat for these sightings, as sometimes they can be spotted from the land. During the year we are also lucky to see turtles and sharks, plus a wide variety of birdlife, including Cory´s Shearwaters, Sandwich Terns, Northern Gannets, various Petrels and Grey and White Herons.
If you would like to contribute your own sightings to our group then we would be very happy if you were to just send us an email with your findings. Alternatively, if you have any questions or comments concerning the marine life in in our waters then please contact us!
And who are we? We are just two ordinary people who have developed their hobby into a fantastic spare time adventure, which has allowed us to visit different parts of the world and meet up with a lot of very interesting people and, of course, to meet up with a large variety of cetaceans.
Thank you and enjoy Nature!