firmm Blog

Sometimes things turn out differently than you might think

I've been in Tarifa for 2.5 weeks already and had completed numerous boat trips in the Strait of Gibraltar through my work as a volunteer for firmm.

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An island made of sperm whales

The 25th of September was to become a very special day in the history of sperm whale watching in the Strait of Gibraltar.

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About the marine noise pollution off Colombia

A few days ago I took part in a boat trip with firmm and used the opportunity to record the underwater sounds during whale watching.

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The orcas have said goodbye!

We saw the orcas for the first time this summer on June 30th, 2017! It was the whole family of Camorro, the male and father of this group of 9.

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Whale-watching trip in the evening – what happens if whales want to communicate with us?

It has been the last boat ride of the day and on this trip quite a few seats were empty. This way all passengers had the chance to take a front row seat right at the railing.

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Suggestions and advices - a guest poses questions

Dear Daniela

First of all thank you for caring about the welfare of our planet and that you contacted us with your question.

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Special trips with sightings of the three „big“

In the last days of June the local fishermen already told us, that they had spotted the orcas.

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TARIFA: At the Mercy of the Wind...

Every time I stay in Tarifa, there’s always someone I’ll surely meet more than once. It’s a bit strange: I can’t really see him, I can only feel and hear him.

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Course-week with a Sternschnuppen family

For many years already the Stiftung Kinderhilfe Sternschnuppe (a Swiss children’s aid foundation with the name “shooting star”) from Zurich or the Fondation Etoile filante from Lausanne enable families with children that suffer from a disability or illness to visit us.

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Spring tour with firmm

This season started with Levante- that is a strong wind, coming from the Mediterranean Sea and blowing through the Strait of Gibraltar. Because of it the sea gets rough; depending on the wind force the waves can be as high as 3 meters.

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