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


We know Fernando since July 30th, 2011. Fernando was chipped by a group of researchers to follow his movements via satellite. Since then, poor Fernando has had obvious complexes and is often seen far away from his group.

Unfortunately Fernando is affected by this transmitter because there is still a piece of metal in his fin. It seems as if he wants to say with his calls: "Let me live in peace".

Adopt Fernando

Through research and information we want to draw attention to the situation of the dolphins in the Strait of Gibraltar and contribute to raising awareness. Thank you for supporting us with a symbolic sponsorship!

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


We probably saw Fernando the most of all animals. He always moves in one of the first groups moving from the Mediterranean to the Strait of Gibraltar. We don't interest him much and he often dives with his two companions, both big males, for a long time. His scar, from an incorrectly attached chip, is still clearly visible.


Also this year we saw Fernando very often. His round white scar has become imperceptibly smaller.

He moves in a group of three, in his company there is always Dientes. Since Fernando's group often dives for a very long time, we never spend much time with this family.


Fernando and Dientes still swim inseparably together with a third Pilot Whale. They dive for a remarkably long time, so that we often get away from them in order not to disturb.


Again we saw Fernando together with Dientes and a third Pilot Whale. We know that they often dive for long periods of time and we leave them relatively quickly so that we do not disturb them.

They seem to lead the whole population of Pilot Whales, because we always meet them as the first group when they swim from the Mediterranean towards the Atlantic.


We have seen Fernando more than 50 times, always accompanied by Dientes and the third Pilot Whale without a name. We have always wondered whether the third in the group is a female or a male.

Fernando's white spot on the fin has recovered well from the former transmitter. You can still see the spot, but it is getting smaller every year.