Photo gallery and interesting facts
Short-finned pilot whale
The short-finned pilot whale, also known as the “black fish,” is found in all oceans and commonly
around the Canary Islands. The scientific name derives from the Latin “globus” for globe, and the
Greek “kephale” for head, a clear reference to its bulbous shape.
Striped Dolphins are not as trusting as other dolphins. They seem shy and rarely approach boats.
Sometimes they swim very fast and jump several metres high.
Whales have very efficient lungs. Humans exchange only 15% to 20% of the air within our lungs with
each breath we take. Whales on the other hand, exchange over 90% of the air in their lungs with every
Males sing long complex songs, presumably to attract females and perhaps also to establish separation
from or dominance with other males. Songs are population-specific and change over time.
Rough toothed dolphin
Very hard to follow at sea, they are thought to be deep divers and can remain submerged for to 15 minutes.
Nothing is known about their reproductive habits; in captivity, they have mated with bottlenose dolphins
and produced hybrid offspring.
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
Calves are born unspotted, and dark spotting to appear on the belly at approximatly
weaning age. Spotting becomes more intense with age.
Contrary to their image as “friendly” animals, bottlenose dolphins can act aggressively toward other cetaceans. This aggressive behavior is especially displayed during mating season, when males are known to fight to be able to have access to the females.