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Surprising evening trip

Orcas in front of Tarifa

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Humpback Whales in the Bay of Algeciras

On the 7th of August, as always, our captain Diego and the marinero Fernando picked up the boat in the fisher harbour to bring it to the pier. Suddenly and completely unexpected a large and a small whale appeared. The blow was different from what they usually knew; they were the lost “humpback whales”! Both had read about them in the paper but did not expect to meet these two poor animals in reality.

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Spectacular Start into the Orca Season!

Orcas larboard – Fin Whales starboard! An unforgettable experience. Unique moments with Orcas and Fin Whales on the same trip!

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My Life at Sea

My life at sea began when I was still very young, in 1990. At that time I started to work as a sea bream fisherman, since there were only a limited selection of jobs in Tarifa. Either you worked on land or at sea and I belong to a humble and hard working family of seamen, who know how to value what little we have.

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Extraordinary Sperm Whale Sighting

Never before in these 12 years have I witnessed a whale reappearing after diving vertically for the first time, to show its sensational submerging tail fin a second time to the guests!

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An Afternoon with Unexpected Encounters

On the 24th of April, after several very windy days we finally were able to pull out into the Strait of Gibraltar again. Of course everyone on board of the firmm-Spirit was really looking forward to the encounters with the dolphins and whales.

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A Successful Start for Easter

Just in time for Semana Santa the firmm Spirits inspections were successfully completed. Already a month ahead of the transfer of the boat from the winter shipyard in Barbate the crew had undertaken all major and minor improvements and brought the boat into top condition. Especially new are repairs to the bow: the opening in the front was quite damaged by scrambling passengers, so we built a strong and aesthetically pleasing new bow. This will also be beneficial and enjoyable for our course participants, who generally declare the bow as one of their favourite places … Wonderful that we already had guests onboard on the first day of the season.

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Whale-Watching-Season 2010 launched

Today we are opening our gates in Tarifa again. The first trip of the year will go out on the 27. of March.

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A look behind the scenes

At the end of the season 2009 we are letting you take a look behind the scenes. Numerous hands and heads are necessary for firmm to fulfil the foundations purpose to protect and study marine mammals. Before each trip and boarding the boat the guests receive information about the firmm foundation, the Strait of Gibraltar and the here present whales and dolphins. In one season our volunteers hold up to 1500 short educational lectures in up to 4 languages! During the research trips 2 captains, who are also mechanics, 2 Marineros, the marine biologist and an expert from the foundation ensure safe as well as unforgettable encounters with the whales and dolphins in the Strait of Gibraltar.

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