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University of Basel’s marine biology excursion to the Strait of Gibraltar

The rumour is out... The Levante will finally be calming down Wednesday night! The excitement in our group rises. Does the weather forecast hold what it promises?

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Obituary

Like every year this season we were also really looking forward to see the male orca Camacho and the female matriarch

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Guests at the banquet 27 July 2013

I have been coming to Tarifa for 5 or more years, drawn, not by the kite surfing or the hedonistic partying but by some beings who have been there long before we had such ideas: the whales and dolphins

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Turtle rescue number two or «Man over board»

Normally these animals are not seen very often and if a boat approaches them usually they dive off very rapidly. However the sighted sea turtle did not dive off; its left side stayed at the surface

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An orca spectacle

On the 13th of July 2013 the orcas were sighted by our foundation back in the Strait of Gibraltar for the first time this year. On the prowl to find a special delicacy, the Red Tuna, the orcas usually gather in the Strait at the beginning of summer

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An unique afternoon with Mathilda, a Pilot whale, and her calf

We left Tarifa harbor with our boat, the firmm Spirit, on June 21st 2013, a sunny but for summertime still a bit chilly afternoon. The sea was very calm, guaranteeing a relaxing trip.

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Drawing contest at Tarifa`s schools for world oceans day

For the fifth time firmm invited Tarifa`s schools to attend a drawing competition. Occasion was the world oceans day on the 8th of June.

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Kidnapping of a newborn

On the 5th of May around 16:15 with levante of 4 Bf. we first observed a pod of 5 pilot whales near the boat – two calves approached the boat several times and also dove below it. Then we spotted a group of bottlenose dolphins about 200 meters away swimming towards us.

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