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 Vicenta since May 21st, 2001. At that time we named this still young, rather small Pilot Whale Vincente. Distinguishing feature: many injuries and notches of fishing nets on the back. After we had hardly seen the Pilot Whale in the season 2012, the fear was great that something had happened to him. But then he was spotted by our marine biologist and was healthy and cheerful.

In 2017 we were surprised - Vincente had become a mother ... and has been called Vincenta ever since.

We rarely see Vicenta. She is quite shy and spends most of her time under water. Due to her bad experiences she fears the proximity of the boats.

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


We only saw Vicente with his back injury at the beginning of the season and then mostly only from a distance. He seems to prefer to be far away from the boat. We will keep a special eye on him next year.

In November he was once with other Pilot Whales directly next to the sailing ship Chronos.


Mostly we saw Vincente at the beginning of the season, and then he was sighted from a sailboat in autumn. We will keep an eye on his behaviour.


Vicente still has his back injury. But it doesn't seem to be hindering him.


Vicente has become Vicenta! Last year she became a mother and travelled with a baby. Her injury healed well and didn't prevent her from becoming a mother.


We saw Vincenta rather rarely this season, on average once a month. She keeps away from the boats, probably because of the bad experience she had when her injuries occurred. An exception was July 27th, when she appeared in an active, almost high-spirited Pilot Whale family. The juveniles in the group floated, tailslapped, or were breaching.