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

Cooperation with other organisations

To share our results with as many people as possible, cooperation with other organisations is very important to firmm.


Since the founding of our foundation, one member of the foundation board has at the same time also been a member of the scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Initially this was Prof. Dr. David Senn, who was replaced by Prof. Dr. Patricia Holm in 2010. In this way, we can share our insights directly with the Whaling Commission and thus work for better protection of marine mammals.

In 2016 Prof. Dr. Patricia Holm presented to the scientific committee of the IWC the work of our marine biologist Jörn Selling on skin anomalies of whales in the Strait of Gibraltar (Title: Epidermal Conditions, Lesions and Malformations in Cetaceans of the Strait of Gibraltar).

to the website of the IWC

University of Basel

The foundation firmm works closely together with the University of Basel (Switzerland), which since 2004 organizes marine biology excursions for its students of marine biology and environmental sciences to Tarifa.

The excursions impart a deeper understanding for the connections between ecology and the use of the oceans. During the course, the students familiarise themselves with various topics and present their findings in presentations. In addition to whale watching, the practical part includes collecting plankton samples as well as coastal hikes to determine species diversity.

to the website of the University of Basel

Children's relief organization Sternschnuppe

Since 2000 there has been a very cordial cooperation with the Foundation Sternschnuppe in Zurich and the Fondation Etoile Filante Lausanne. The foundation fulfils the heartfelt wishes of children and young people who live with an illness, disability or with the consequences of a serious injury. Every year, four to six families come to us via the foundation. For us a very nice task - and for the families a relaxing break from their often arduous everyday lives.