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Sightings in January 2023

Bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, Atlantic spotted dolphins, striped dolphins, common dolphins, beaked whale, false killer whales, baleen whales

In January 2023 we encountered at least eight different species of whales and dolphins on our responsible whale watching tours off La Gomera.

The following species were observed on our tours in January:

  • bottlenose dolphin
  • pilot whale
  • Atlantic spotted dolphin
  • striped dolphin
  • common dolphin
  • beaked whale
  • false killer whale
  • baleen whale

In January, our guests were able to enjoy very beautiful encounters with the resident pilot whales. The bottlenose dolphins also showed up on some tours as well as the small spotted dolphins, the rather shy striped dolphins and also common dolphins.

A big surprise was a group of false killer whales we encountered January 7. We also saw a beaked whale and several baleen whales. Unfortunately, we were not able to identify the species exactly.

On 10 January, our crew rescued a sea turtle that had got caught in a plastic bag and was floating helplessly in the sea. She was brought to Gran Canaria and after her recovery she will hopefully be able to return to the sea. (Update 14.02.2023: The turtle has recovered and was released back to sea).

(Photos: Bonadea II Tenerife, Volker Boehlke, Nicole Ness, Doris Reinstrom, Ulla Christina Ludewig, Noel Covián)