A very curious Pilot whale approached and seemed to interact with the whale watching boat today! Luckily we got the GoPro in the water quickly and managed to collect some of this wonderful interaction. An amazing species that we feel very privileged to see in such a large resident population here along Costa Adeje, Tenerife.
While exploring Costa Adeje today on our whale and dolphin watching tours we were so lucky to encounter two Pilot whales, a female and young calf, that were very inquisitive of our boat. There are whale watching regulations in Tenerife that we strictly adhere to, but the resident Pilot whales don’t have any such restrictions. They are the top of the food chain here in Tenerife and go where they want to.
Lucky for us, today they were in a social mood and they decided to swim over to our idle boat and do what we call ‘People Watching’! Our Captain was quick to drop the GoPro over the side of the boat to capture some amazing video and their calls as they investigated us.
These sorts of encounters with the resident Pilot whales of Costa Adeje in Tenerife are rare and never forced. We have found that by respecting the distance the regulations require that the whales own curiosity can become peaked and they may investigate the boat of their own accord. These are the special moments that we love to share with our whale watching tour guests. Thanks to everyone for joining us today for a very special encounter with two amazing Pilot whales!
As we sat idly observing a family group of Pilot whales a Mother and baby pair broke off from the rest of the group to do some ‘people watching’. This happens fairly often with our non-invasive approach. We do not chase the whales and dolphins, but instead observe quietly from the proper distance and allow the cetaceans own curiosity to dictate if there will be a closer encounter. It is fairly often that we are rewarded for our approach and patience with a beautiful encounter like this one today off Costa Adeje, Tenerife. Thanks to all the wonderful people who joined us today for thrilling and respectful whale and dolphin watching eco-adventures.
Pilot whales are a resident species here in Tenerife and seen on over 99% of our tours. The second largest dolphin species, the Pilot whales live in matrilineal pods, just like their bigger cousins, the Orcas. Costa Adeje in southern Tenerife is home to one of the largest known resident populations of Pilot whales in the world.