Tenerife Whales: Species in the Island and How To Watch Them

Although whales are a protected species in Tenerife, it is possible to watch them with what is known as “ethical whale watching”. It simply consists in getting close to these big animals and taking a look at how they live without harming them or their habitat.

With more than 10 species that can be found on the island over the year, you have a big spectacle by looking at them. That’s why we explain everything about them in this post.

How to watch whales on the island?

We, Tenerife Sailing Charters offer in our services a whale sighting experience (with dolphins included) where you’ll be able to see these big mammals in their natural habitat and learn a lot about them.

It’s important to mention that it could be dangerous to get too close to them because it can harm their ecosystem or even, can be damaging to the crew. We get within a safe distance where is possible to see them without having direct contact and enjoy the spectacle they give to the people.

It is commonly known as an unforgettable experience and in that way, we collaborate on their conservation.

In addition, we also cover different points on the island where you’ll see amazing landscapes that only Tenerife can give you.

Whale species in Tenerife

Whale Species in Tenerife

There are more than 10 whale species in Tenerife, a fact that makes the island very diverse when it comes down to this maritime animal.

They can be categorized into 2 different types:

  • Residents: As the name says, these are the species that basically live near the island all the year. Here you can find Pilot Whale, Sperm Whale and others.
  • Migrants: Tend to come in certain seasons due to optimum weather conditions for their development. Here you can find species such as Northern Right Whales, Minke Whales, Fin Whales and others. It’s important to mention that commonly, migrants numbers are higher than residents in Tenerife’s case.

Some of the most relevant whale species that we can specify for you (which form part of what you’ll see on trips with us) are:

Short Finned Pilot-Whale

Also known as the pilot whale, forms part of the Delphinidae family. Its size can reach up to 5 meters long and can weigh an incredible amount between 900 kg and 1800 kg. So, they are pretty heavy.

For a whale excursion on the island, this is probably the most common specie to see, because is one of the residents with the biggest population.

Blue Whales

You may already know the blue whale thanks to all the movies that tend to mention it. It is probably the big celebrity in the whale world.

Blue Whale is the biggest animal that has ever existed on earth. If you believe that the previous whale size was impressive, you haven’t seen the 33,6-meter long record that blue whales have reached. Some of them can live more than 90 years and weigh up to 190 tonnes.

This is right now considered an endangered species, this is the reason that made authorities in Tenerife take care of all of them on the island, as well as any other whale species. It has become a problem due to the ilegal hunting of them.

They are not too common to see in the area. However, if you are lucky you can find one and take a look at an impressive animal.

Bryde’s Whale

This small and robust whale has a characteristic that makes it different to its family. This is its three ridges located at top of its head, oppositely to just one central one. Males can reach up to 13,7 meters while females can be bigger, measuring up to 14,5 meters.

This is a migrant species so it can only be seen in certain seasons of the year.

False Killer Whales

Their names come from a lot of attributes in common than they have with killer whales (known as orca) for example, killing other marine mammals. However, they are not related to this family.

This is the third biggest whale member in their family Delphinidae. They are known for forming strong social bonds, such as sharing food or forming tight-knit ponds.

Sei Whales

Also known as Dense Beaked whales and they can be found typically in deep weather and tropical waters (such as Tenerife). They have long dive and travel times in pods between 6 and 12.

Many researchers have discovered that this specie doesn’t communicate in shallow waters to prevent it from getting caught by predatory killer whales.

We could keep the list going and going. However, this information is good for starting when it comes down to whale knowledge on the island.

We really recommend your whale watch in Tenerife with us, having a lot of commodities in the palm of your hand to have an amazing experience.

The charter starts at just 65 Euros per person, with a maximum amount of 11 passengers. The excursion lasts approximately 3 hours.

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