firmm Blog

Raising awareness of environmental protection at the school "Virgen del Sol"

On the 18th of October our marine biologist Jörn visited the school "Virgen del Sol" in Tarifa to inform the children about the plastic pollution on land and in the sea.

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A September Spectacle: Eleven Days of Sperm Whale Sightings

When we boarded our boat Vision on the morning of September 20th, we had no idea of the eventful trips that awaited us: Eleven days of countless Sperm Whale sightings followed.

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An unforgettable day!

The 30th of September will remain unforgettable for us. It started with thick fog, which is a big challenge for all our employees.

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Students of the University of Basel are visiting firmm

At the end of June firmm once again hosted 16 students of the Master course Sustainable Development and their lecturers. During the Marine Biology Excursion in Tarifa, an intensive and varied program awaited all participants.

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About dolphins in captivity

Because of the summer holiday season, I did observe several friends who chose to visit dolphinariums as a family activity and wanted to share my experience on the subject with you.

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Rugulopterix Okamurae, or how ecosystems collaps

Since 2015, the cliffs between Tarifa and Algeciras have been suffering from accumulations of alluvial algae, which have suffocated all life on the rocky cliff under them and cause an unbearable stench of rot in the harbour on days with wind from the east (Levante).

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Barnacles – travelling the seas as stowaways

While a boisterous Pilot Whale caught our eye during a whale-watching trip – when browsing the photos we became aware of a much smaller but not less interesting creature: a barnacle.

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The entry of the Pilot Whales after the Levante

This year we already had the luck to encounter an unusually large number of Pilot Whales several times; read here how our volunteer Sonja experienced one of these days.

 

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Our animals available for adoption in spring 2019

There are considerably more sightings of Pilot Whales in the Strait of Gibraltar this spring than in recent years. We observe numerous new families, strikingly many mothers with juvenile Pilot Whales, even with several newborns.

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First lectures in Bavaria in 2019

Franziska Schönweitz explains how she gave a lecture with her friend Maike about firmm at the Oskar Maria Graf Gymnasium in Neufahrn near Freising and how everything started.

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