Respectful Whale Watching in Spain

Observe whales and dolphins in Spain in their natural habitat - experience with firmm respectful whale watching in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Watch whales and dolphins in freedom in Europe! From the Spanish town Tarifa the firmm-team around Katharina Heyer researches the marine mammals of the Strait of Gibraltar. Be part of it and experience impressive moments.

Whether a two-hour trip or a whole observation week – at firmm you will find the perfect offer and learn a lot of interesting things about the animals. Benefit from more than twenty years of experience and respectful whale watching.

Observe whales and dolphins

Watch whales and dolphins at the southernmost point of Europe! Find out more about our whale watching trips and observation weeks in Andalusia.

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More than whale watching

  • 99 % probability of sighting
  • respectful whale watching
  • compliance with international guidelines
  • valuable information before/during the trip
  • English-speaking staff
  • suitable for families with children
  • also for people with disabilities

Whales and Dolphins

Pilot Whales, Sperm Whales, Orcas, Fin Whales, dolphins - which species occur in the Strait and what do we know about them?

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Tarifa and surroundings

Explore the most southern point of the European mainland and places in the vicinity of Tarifa (southern Spain).

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Foundation firmm

Get to know Katharina Heyer as well as the staff and the foundation board of firmm and learn more about our goals.

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Blog news

by Heike Pahlow

Barnacles – travelling the seas as blind passengers

While a boisterous Pilot Whale caught our eye during a whale-watching trip – when browsing the photos we became aware of a much smaller but not less interesting creature: a barnacle.

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by firmm Team

The entry of the Pilot Whales after the Levante

This year we already had the luck to encounter an unusually large number of Pilot Whales several times; read here how our volunteer Sonja experienced one of these days.


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by Katharina Heyer

Baby Toni
Baby Toni

Our animals available for adoption in spring 2019

There are considerably more sightings of Pilot Whales in the Strait of Gibraltar this spring than in recent years. We observe numerous new families, strikingly many mothers with juvenile Pilot Whales, even with several newborns.

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by firmm Team

Franziska und Maike

First lectures in Bavaria in 2019

Franziska Schönweitz explains how she gave a lecture with her friend Maike about firmm at the Oskar Maria Graf Gymnasium in Neufahrn near Freising and how everything started.

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