Common Dolphin Nursery Group

A group of about 15 Common dolphins, a nursery group, swam over to and spent quite a while bow riding in front of our whale watching tour boat along Costa Adeje this morning. Common dolphins are an oceanic species and usually seen far offshore of Tenerife. This group was just a few kilometres off shore of Costa Adeje, in the same area we often see Pilot whales.

A nursery group is made up of babies, juveniles and usually a couple of females, typically the mothers of the youngest members of the group. Nursery groups can be quite engaging as the young dolphins are often energetic and inquisitive. This group was no different with a lot of close passes along the side of the boat and many minutes spent swimming directly in front of the boat – to the amazement of our guests.

Common dolphins are typically seen in groups of 10-15 individuals, but we normally see adult groups. This species is more frequently encountered during the winter season in Tenerife, when the ocean is cooler. So encountering this nursery group of Common dolphins during our whale and dolphin watching tour along Costa Adeje this morning was an exciting surprise!

Common Dolphins and Spotted Dolphins

Great day for whale watching tours along Costa Adeje with wonderful observations of Common dolphins and Spotted dolphins bow riding. These two species were even mixing for the opportunity to race alongside our boat! Amazing moments like these are one of the reasons we love to share whale watching trips with our guests.

Common dolphins are found throughout the world, sometimes observed in groups of over 1,000 animals! This is why they are called ‘Common’. But we don’t like the name, they a such a beautifully coloured species of dolphin with greys, whites and a large yellow patch on their sides. We suggest a better name might be ‘Painted Dolphin’!

Common dolphins are seasonal visitors to Tenerife. They prefer slightly cooler waters that Tenerife has in the the summer, although we have seen them in every month of the year. They follow their food (fish mostly) and the ocean currents that the fish take. We usually find them further offshore from Costa Adeje than most cetacean species.

The Atlantic Spotted dolphins are more often encountered along Costa Adeje. Interestingly the Spotted dolphins seem to mix with other cetacean species. We have seen them in close proximity or even mixing with groups of Pilot whales, Bottlenose dolphins and Common dolphins.

A wonderful day of whale and dolphin watching here along Costa Adeje, Tenerife. Thank you to all the great people who joined our small group eco-adventures to explore all the amazing marine wildlife. The highlight was observing the active and thrilling mixed group of Spotted and Common dolphins racing our boat.