On the 5th of May around 16:15 with levante of 4 Bf. we first observed a pod of 5 pilot whales near the boat – two calves approached the boat several times and also dove below it. Then we spotted a group of bottlenose dolphins about 200 meters away swimming towards us.
For the first time the firmm meeting was moderated by Katharina Heyers son Samuel Notz, who is also a member of the firmm foundation board. He is a new but certainly important member in the firmm team.
The season started with some rather bumpy tours, during which we were able to observe pilotwhales and bottlenose dolphins.
This season was pretty mild thanks to the lack of too many days of strong levante-wind, which force us to go to the Bay of Gibraltar. The most interesting trips at that Bay happen towards the end of the summer seasons (during the months of September and October) when large shoals of flying fish gather in front of the rock of Gibraltar.
I always wanted to see Orcas. They fascinate me because of their intelligence and unbelievable hunting techniques. And as I knew I was going to Tarifa to work as a volunteer for firmm, I also knew there was a chance for me to see them...
Second chapter about invasive research in the Strait of Gibraltar, by Eleonore Op de Beeck.