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In search of the sea giants in Fuerteventura

The waters of the Canary Islands are a privileged place to enjoy watching any kind of sea animals, like birds or turtles although, no doubt, the favourite ones are the kings of the sea we call cetacean. In the archipelago we can find 28 out of the 87 species of cetaceans in the world!

Fuerteventura and, also, Lanzarote are natural habitats of cetaceans, so it isn’t strange to be enjoying a fishing day in the sea or sailing on catamaran to the island of Lobos and meet pods of dolphins or whales. In the island harbours there are specialised vessels offering guided tours to watch them.

Dolphins, which show up in pods and are very playful, usually accompany ships. So it’s easy to meet them and they always entertain the visitors. In The Canary Islands you can see common, spotted or bottle nose dolphins. Pilot whales, either short-finned whale or Risso’s dolphin, which also belong to this family although they are bigger and their heads are more rounded, are also common.

Finding pods of dolphins is fantastic, but one most incredible experience any person can live is to spot a big cetacean. For instance, between spring and summer big whales, whose true name is fin whales, arrive in the Canary Islands.

Others are here all the year through, but they’re difficult to spot as they’re deep water species that reach over 1000 m of depth chasing giant squids! We are talking about beaked whales and the majestic sperm whale, which can be over 20m long.

Weren’t it possible for vessels to depart, in Fuerteventura there is also a possibility to watch these animals in what is known as “The pathway of cetaceans”, permanent exhibition of natural sculptures consisting of skeletons of these animals. These specimens, which were stranded in the island coast for different reasons, are now sculptures that remind us of the importance of taking care of the marine environment. They are exhibited in Morro Jable, Gran Tarajal, Las Salinas del Carmen, Puerto del Rosario and El Cotillo.