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.
Atlantic Spotted dolphins are a transitory off shore species of dolphin. They are the third most commonly observed cetacean species here along Costa Adeje in Tenerife. We often observe them in large pods of over 50 dolphins. Uniquely, they often seem to enjoy bow riding at the front of the boat. They will race over to us and pace the boat, only leaving us when we actually stop! What a marvellous species to encounter.
The video of the Pilot whales was taken with the engine off, as we floated quietly, listening the the Pilot whales on the Hydrophone. The group changed direction and swam directly past our boat to the astonishment of the guests on our whale watching tour.
About the Author:We are a small group of Marine Biologists, Naturalists and Photographers living in Tenerife. When we don't have whale and dolphin watching tours you will find us out on the boat, exploring all the amazing marine wildlife of Costa Adeje, Tenerife. We love what we do, we support research and conservation projects and we hope you will join us.