The season 2020 has ended

The summer holidays are over and Tarifa's streets have been empty since the beginning of September. We have therefore also closed down for this year.

Despite the short season we had many special sightings. We hope that the situation will become normal by the next season and can't wait to take you out to see the whales again from the 26th of March 2021 on.

See you soon in Tarifa, Katharina Heyer and the firmm team

Camorro

Camorro is possibly the son of Camacho and the Matriarchin. We have seen him growing up and we
wish him the same success as Camacho had, who turned at least 35 years old. (The average maximum age of a male orca is 30 years).

Orcas usually hunt in groups. The fishermen regard the Orcas as competitors for fish stocks, such as tuna in the Strait of Gibraltar. Tuna is the favourite prey of the Orcas, who only stay in the Strait of Gibraltar during the spawning migration of the Bluefin-tuna between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

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This is how we have experienced Camorro since the beginning of our adoption program:

2014

Camorro, the young male and successor of Camacho, we have often seen in the midst of a large pod of females with their young. There was also a young Orca close to him, whom he showed how to eat a tuna. Also this has to be learned!

2015

Last summer we saw Camorro always in his sub pod with a total of 7-9 Orcas. Little Wilson with his mother and aunt Lucia belong to his family. We have often seen Camorro give tuna pieces to the young and patiently teach them how to eat this prey.

2016

Once again Camorro was leading his family of 8: four females and four young. He spent most of his time in our area and mainly stayed with the fishermen. He skilfully grabbed the tunas from the lines for his family!

2017

Camorro takes good care of his four females with the four young ones! As the head of his family of nine, he is usually busy stealing the tuna from the fishermen's lines and then letting the whole family eat it. He devotes a lot of time to his offspring of four in particular to teach them how to catch and eat tuna.

2018

We have known Camorro for 21 years now and look forward to seeing him again every year. His family has grown in the meantime.

The last time on October 17th, on that lucky day, when the Orcas were unexpectedly spotted again, the whole sub-pod counted 14 animals with several young ones. There were Baby Wilson, the old grandmother (the Matriarch), Lucia with the little Estrella, Jara (the young one from the winter of 2017) and Tina (the new-born Orca baby who saw the light of day in October). We had seen Tina still with a yellowish/black colour on October 11th, when she was just a few days old.