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

firmm Blog

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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First trip including highlight

The first trip of the year is always associated with a lot of expectation, excitement and anticipation. How did the whales and dolphins get over the winter?

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21st firmm meeting on the 16th of February 2019 in Aarau

To the 21st. firmm-meeting numerous guests from Switzerland and abroad came and interesting lectures about firmm and the marine mammals could be expected..

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Season review 2018

Another season is over. The weather in Tarifa was relatively mild in 2018. Read our summary on our encounters with the whales and dolphins in the Strait and enjoy the pictures.

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