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

Franzfin

We know Franzfin since October 05th, 2003. He is a strong and dominant Pilot Whale. Due to his impressive size he can be seen from a distance. From the proximity however he is of course still much more imposing.

Franzfin likes to present himself, but always keeps enough distance to the firmm boats. He is very respectful and likes it quiet.

Until now we have never observed him mating.

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

2014

Franzfin is a well recognizable male. He usually stays with Edu and Ponce in one family.

2015

Franzfin usually stays not far from Edu's family.

2016

Franzfin, Johnny and Sierra form another family together with 3-4 younger Pilot Whales. Franzfin is big and strong, Johnny is slightly smaller, he seems to have no permanent injuries from the rope that was wrapped around his fluke last year. Sierra, a female, is well recognizable. All three are trustful and often close to the boat.

2017

In his family are 4-5 further whales, also females with young ones. Franzfin often stayed long close to the boat.

2018

Franzfin is still one of the largest Pilot Whales in the Strait of Gibraltar. Since this year he has had some superficial abrasions on his back. However, we can always recognize him by the shape of his dorsal fin, which has a tiny knob.

We have seen him 9 times up close. He was often a little further away from the boat in groups, e.g. on July 27th in a group of 40 Pilot Whales.