Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Research
Eco-Adventure tours that support cetacean research
Photo Identification Project
During the whale and dolphin watching tours our staff take photos of the whales and dolphins for two reasons. The first goal of photographing the cetaceans is research. The second reason is to share with our guests so they can relax on the tour immerse themselves in the experience.
Pilot whales (as well as many species of whales and dolphins) all have unique dorsal fins. So a good photo of the dorsal fin can help identify individual Pilot whales that area resident along Costa Adeje, Tenerife. We are pleased to be collaborating on the Photo – ID projects of Calderones de Canarias and Association Tonina. Together we are learning more about the resident and transient Pilot whale populations of Tenerife and the Canary Islands.
Species Mapping Project
Whale Watch Tenerife is also conducting our own research project to create a Species and Distribution Map of the cetacean species we encounter. Using the GPS information in the photos we take of the whales and dolphins on our tours we are creating a research database and GPS based digital map. The map will show the different species that frequent Costa Adeje, the frequency of their visits to Tenerife and site fidelity.
This research project will improve our ability to understand the importance of specific areas offshore of Costa Adeje as important to the resident and transient populations of cetaceans. This info can be used to protect the whales and dolphins from interference.