Canary Islands Cetaceans

Here a list of all cited cetaceans in the Canary Island ( last actualization on August 2022). Order Artiodactyla Suborder Odontoceti Family Delphinidae Short-beaked Common Dolphin, Delphinus delphis (Linnaeus, 1758) Common Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821) Striped Dolphin, Stenella coeruleoalba (Meyen, 1833) Atlantic Spotted Dolphin, Stenella frontalis (G. Cuvier, 1829) Spinner Dolphin, Stenella longirostris […]

Target Species

Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) The sperm whale is the largest odontocete cetacean. It is easy to recognize: the head is huge and squarish; the blowhole is set at the front of the head and is off set to left producing a characteristic forward and to the left blow. The skin is very wrinkled, completely opposite to the other […]

Research Techniques

Throughout the history of SECAC, it has used, in its investigations, numerous boats such as the “Ninu II” sailboat, the “Chacalote”, “Grampus” and “Kogia” boats, the 17 m “Oso Ondo” motorized boat. In the “Canary Island Sperm Whale Project” we are using the 42-foot motorsailer “Saalpiva”. To fulfill the objectives in the SECAC investigations, we […]