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Whale Express - Whale and Dolphin watching Tenerife

Tenerife is one of the best place for watching tropical pilot whales and Bottlenose Dolphins, together with other migrant species such as fin whales, sperm whales, killer whales, beaked whales, common dolphins and spotted dolphins.

We are a company legally incorporated entity providing whale watching services. Whale Express is in possession of a yellow flag. That means that we are legally aloud to get you up close with the whales and dolphins.

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Tour 2 Hours

Departures: 9:30 AM – 13:00 PM

Tour 1 Hour

Departures: 12:00 AM – 16:00 PM

Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Species

The Whale and Dolphin Capital of Canary Islands

Species of cetaceans encountered daily

PILOT WHALE

Globicephala macrorhynchus

The body in Pilot Whales is robust, with a thick tail stock. The melon is exaggerated and bulbous and the beak is barely discernible or non-existent. The dorsal fin is wide, broad based, falcate and set well forward on the body. The flippers are long, slender, and sickle-shaped, typical of this species. Its size and shape are depending on the animal age and sex, being the dorsal fin more bulbous in males than in females; and also thicker and wider. Female dorsal fin is then straighter. The pilot whale are seen on 99% in our tour.

BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN

Turciops truncatus

The body of this dolphin is long and somewhat chubby. Dorsal fin is dark grey and white or pinkish. Upon birth, the Bottlenose Dolphin can measure between 90 and 130 cm. in length and weigh around 30 kg. For adults, they can reach 4 meters in length and weigh more than 650 Kg. They often live 30 to 50 years. The Bottlenose Dolphin can be found mostly in tropical and temperate waters, as well as high seas. The Strait of Gibraltar has temperate water. They are found mainly in the coastal zone, from the edge of the continental shelf. The bottlenose dolphin are seen on 90% in our tour.

SPERM WHALE

Physeter macrocephalus

This whale has a very distinctive, huge squarish head occupying at least one-third of its body and projecting, often up to 1.5 m, well beyond its lower jaw. The large head contains a cavity called the spermaceti organ which is a mass of web-like tubes filled with a yellow wax. This organ is believed to be used in maintaining buoyancy and may also be used to focus sonar clicks.It has a huge brain that weights about 9 kg. It is the largest brain of any animal. The Sperm Whale has a single blowhole that is s-shaped and is located on the left side of the front of its head which gives a bushy blow projected forwards at a sharp angle to the left. The Sperm Whale has no dorsal fin but it has a distinct triangular or rounded hump two-thirds along the body followed by a spinal ridge to broad triangular and deeply notched tail flukes. The flippers are approx. 1.5 m. The Sperm Whale has a robust body with corrugations in the skin giving it a shrivelled prune-like appearance.The skin is dark grey or brownish grey. It is paler at the front of the head and on the belly, with white fringes to the mouth, particularly in the corners.