Whales and dolphins in the Strait of Gibraltar

Seven species of whales and dolphins can be found in the Strait of Gibraltar (southern Spain): We regularly observe Common Dolphins, Striped Dolphins (or Blue-white Dolphins), Bottlenose Dolphins and Pilot Whales. Occasionally we also see Orcas, Sperm Whales or Fin Whales. On the following subpages you will find interesting information about each species.

Common Dolphin

Once the most abundant dolphin species in the Mediterranean, the Common Dolphin is now considered highly endangered.

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Striped Dolphin

The Striped or Blue-white Dolphin is about 1.8-2.5 meters long and has a very beautiful blue pattern.

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Bottlenose Dolphin

On our trips the Bottlenose Dolphin - probably the most famous dolphin - often delights us with acrobatic jumps.

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Pilot Whale

Several Pilot Whale families are regularly in the Strait and often come very close to the firmm-boat.

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The fascinating Orcas can mainly be observed in the Strait of Gibraltar in July and August.

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Sperm Whale

Sperm Whales are often seen at the deepest points of the Strait, especially in spring.

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Fin Whale

The second largest whale in the world is the only baleen whale that swims through the Strait regularly.

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Size comparison

From the small Common Dolphin to the Fin Whale, the second largest animal in the world - how big are the animals?

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