A group of people who participated in the whale observation activity, organized by the Biosphere Reserve and led by the Society for the Study of Cetaceans of the Canary Archipelago (SECAC), had the fortune and joy of observing several specimens of dolphins right in the ocean waters between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
The first sighting involved some Fraser dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei), exactly in the south-eastern area of Lanzarote.
Another sighting involved two specimens of gray pilot whales (Grampus griseus), recognizable by the markings on their gray skin.
The third sighting instead concerned a large group with several adult individuals and chicks of striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), a species very recognizable for its unsociable behavior and for having a rather dark band that originates in the snout (cover photo).
This area is considered a Site of Community Importance (SCI), protected and included in the European Union’s Natura 2000 Network for its rich marine biodiversity which represents a hotspot for the passage of cetaceans throughout the world.
Cover image by: Alexandre Roux on Flickr