Citizen Project

“Citizen Science refers to the general public engagement in scientific research activities when citizens actively contribute to science either with their intellectual effort or surrounding knowledge or with their tools and resources “ (White paper on citizen science from the European Commission, 2014). SECAC offers interested people a Citizen Science programme “Come with us to […]

Our Team

Vidal Martìn Martel He studied cetaceans in the Canary Archipelago for 37 years. In 1993 he founded SECAC of which he is currently President and Scientific director. He was co-founder and first President of the Spanish Cetacean Society (SEC), co-founder and director of the Museum of Cetaceans of the Canary Islands (MCC). He directed numerous […]

About Us

SECAC is a scientific NGO, founded in 1993, that aims to conduct and promote research projects and conservation efforts regarding cetaceans in the Canary Islands. For 26 years SECAC has been faithful to that commitment, making a significant contribution to promoting biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and the rational use of the marine environment and its […]

Unpublished Documents

Fernández, A., Arbelo, M., Sierra, E., de la Fuente, J., Quirós, Y., Sacchini, S., Díaz, J., García, N., Zucca, D., Suárez, C., Puig, R., Cámara, N., Carrillo, M., Martín, V., Tejedor, M. 2016. Análisis de la información sobre cetáceos varados en Canarias 2000-2015 y de los factores implicados en su mortalidad, para la futura de […]

Congress Presentation

Schleimer, A., Aguilar, A., Barco, S. G., Degollada E., Berrow, S., Bloch, D., Borrell, A., Fossi, C., Gauffier, P., Hao, W., Heide-Jørgensen, M., Kovacs, K.M., Landry, S., Larsen, F., Martín, V., Michaud, R., Mikkelsen, B., Øien, N., Pampoulie, C., Panigada, S., Prieto, R., Raga, J.A., Ramp, C., Rivera-Leon, V, Robbins, J., Ryan, C., Sears, R., […]

Carried Out

-Proyecto: “Assessing resilience of beaked whale populations to human impacts: Population structure and genetic diversity in impacted and semi-pristine areas.” Financiado por la ONR (Office of Naval Research, USA). 2019. -Proyecto MISTIC SEAS II “Macaronesia Islands Standars Indicators and Criteria: Reaching Common Grounds on Monitoring Marine Biodiversity in Macaronesia”. Contratación durante 2017/2018 de los servicios […]

Scientific Paper

–Ferreira, R., Steiner,L., Martín,V., Fusar Poli, F., Dinis, A., Kaufmann,M.,Fernandez, M., Alves, F., 2022. Unraveling site fidelity and residency patterns of sperm whales in the insular oceanic waters of Macaronesia. Frontiers in Marine Science.  -Onoufriou et al. 2022. Biogeography in the deep: Hierarchical population genomic structure of two beaked whale species. Global Ecology and Conservation -Carroll […]


The objective of the BIOCETCAN project (Biological study of the Canary cetaceans through stranded specimens) is the understanding of fundamental aspects of the biology of the Canary cetaceans through the analysis of stranded cetaceans during the period 1980-2016. The cetaceans that stranded on the coasts constitute a scientific information resource about basic aspects of the […]


Cetaceans are species with complex social structures and ecological relationships with their habitat. Longitudinal long-term studies (those carried out for more than a decade) reveal basic aspects of the social structure, behaviour of this group of marine mammals. A fundamental aspect of these studies is the individual recognition with photo-identification techniques. In the CETOC project […]

Sperm Whale Project

The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is listed as vulnerable in the National Catalogue of Threatened Species (RD139 / 2011), in the Regional Catalogue of the Canary Islands (L.7L / PPL-001 of 2009) and is listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In the Canary Islands, the main threat to […]