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

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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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The Giants of the Sea… Almost Touchable!

It looked like May 9th, 2017 was going to be a nice day in Tarifa: the sun was already shining in the morning and there was no breeze.

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Everybody not present missed something big!

After the Easter holidays the wind and the waves were mostly too strong to go on boat trips in Tarifa.

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Back again in Tarifa

After the long winter break we all returned to Tarifa and were waiting yearningly for the first encounter with the whales and dolphins in the Strait of Gibraltar.

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Impressions of the Book ‘Herzenssache’

Hurray!! The Book Is Out!

There was a waiting silence in the White Hall of Volkshaus in Zürich on Saturday, November 19th, 2016… Glistening eyes, shy smile, restrained voice… Katharina Heyer was obviously moved by the massive turnout, when she welcomed her family and supporters of firmm to the presentation of her book ‘Herzenssache’ on the stage.

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19th firmm-meeting on the 25th of February

This year the hall once again was filled. Every single seat was taken.

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Impressions of the "Sea Protection Day" in Bremen, Germany on February 18th 2017

At 10 o’clock in the morning Marco picks us up at our hotel and brings us to the University of Bremen. We are really grateful for that, as Katharina’s suitcase is packed full with books, folders, DVDs, postcards, quartets, mousepads and much more things that we brought from Switzerland.

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Update: The torn cable and its consequences

As reported by the regional Online-journal Tarifaaldia, an encounter between the operator of the torn undersea-cable REE, the mayor of Tarifa and the fishermen took place on the 27th of January 2017. There had been confirmed that during the incident on October 14th 2016 around 33 cubic metres of cooling agent leaked into the Strait of Gibraltar.


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Underwater Cable torn – Danger for Marine Mammals in the Strait of Gibraltar


At least one high voltage underwater-cable, that transports electricity through the Strait of Gibraltar from Tarifa to Fardioua, has torn just off the coast of Morocco. Inside this 27 km long cable there is highly poisonous "dielectric oil", which could have leaked.


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