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Review sponsored animals 2022

We were pleased that the 25th season lasted 7 months once again and also didn't bring us too much wind. Apart from an 11-day heavy period of Levante, the season went very well. In June we even experienced a time with extremely large families of Pilot Whales. 30-40 animals in several groups with a strikingly large number of young were not uncommon.

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An extraordinary excursion

Only one excursion today, but an extraordinary one. Directly in front of the harbor we meet a group of Bottlenose Dolphins. It is nice that there are also some young animals.

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About the wisdom of children (part five)

It is considered the heaviest bony fish in the world. It can reach a length of 3.30 metres and a weight of 2.3 tonnes. It is not only found here in the Strait of Gibraltar, but also in the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Low-Cost Gas Station “Bay of Gibraltar”

On 29 August 2022, the bulk carrier "OS35" carrying a cargo of steel bars for concrete construction collided with the anchored gas tanker "ADAM LNG" in the Bay of Gibraltar.

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Los Hileros

This exclamation from one of our former captains, rolling his eyes and looking meaningful, was meant to indicate that he would rather not sail...

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An August full of Orcas and Fin Whales

The Orca season lasted this year from the 25th of July to the 22nd of August. We were able to observe these beautiful black and white dolphins on eight days.
From the end of July to the end of August we were able to observe Fin Whales on 14 days and on 20 trips.

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Levante or Poniente?

Tarifa is literally embraced by the wind, which comes from two main directions with nice sounding names: Levante, or Poniente. In winter there is sometimes a cold north wind (especially at night and in the morning) or a south-west wind.

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Giants in June

Watching a Fin Whale is always something very special, because you don't get to see this baleen whale very often. It is probably the rarest whale we see here in the Strait of Gibraltar out of all seven species.

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An island made of Pilot Whales

We counted several hundred animals, mainly females with their calves. Among them we also discovered a newborn, which could only be a few days old, as one could clearly see the birth stripes.

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Dolphins' playground or an excursion worthy of a birthday child

On the 07th of May we observed three species of dolphins playing together. Even our two experts on board could not remember ever having observed anything like this.

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