It’s not just the Barbary Macaques that draw wild life enthusiasts to invest in package deals to Gibraltar. With the Mediterranean right on your doorstep, there’s plenty of ocean life to see in the Strait of Gibraltar. One of the draws is the popular boat tours which run from Gibraltar daily. Already a popular sailing destination, Gibraltar is home to ports, water sports and of course the fabled dolphin and Whale tours. With many companies advertising tours, you can be led by experts on the marine mammals on safaris to into prime territory. These tours are often suitable for all ages and come with a range of benefits which will be discussed below.
All about dolphins
But first off let’s discuss the Gibraltarian species of dolphin, the animal which brings countless tourists to stay at Gibraltar hotels. With three different species common in the area and the animals using the Gibraltar strait as prime hunting ground, the dolphins are a common sight off the coast. The species in Gibraltar consist mainly of the Bottlenose, Common dolphin and the striped dolphin and are often found in the strait in large schools. It is in these schools that the curious community forms; helping each other to give birth, to play and to hunt. It’s fascinating to see the dolphins wild at sea, their social skills unparalleled in the animal kingdom as their sense of community is very strong indeed.
Whilst they number less than the dolphins in the strait, it is still possible to spot a whale. There are two main species in Gibraltar; the Longfin Pilot Whale and the Killer Whale. The Killer Whales are often only found at Tuna migration periods throughout the year. The reason for this is that the Killer Whales feed mainly on this species of fish, often making it difficult for Spanish and Moroccan fisherman to catch the popular species. These Whales, noticeable by their black colour and white spots, are less frequent in spotting. It is the Longfin Pilot Whale which is more regular in appearance during tours. These Whales are said to number around 250 and live in pods of between 15 and 20 all year long. These Whales are undisturbed by the straits fishing vessels. Known for their friendly and curious nature, the Longfin is often seen approaching boats, a real treat for safari goers!
The Dolphin Safari is run by professionals who know exactly where to find the best schools in the strait. The tours run for around 1 to 1.5 hours and are equipped with an indoor cabin and toilet. On top of this, attendees can expect a live commentary detailing information and interesting facts about the whales in Gibraltar. What’s more you can expect a 99% guarantee of finding the fabled dolphins due to the crews collected 47 years of experience.
Whale watching tour
Whilst less likely to find a whale, there is still a good chance, and like the dolphin safari, these are run by professionals who know exactly where to look for these magnificent creatures. Whether you’re looking for an in-depth look, a course in whale watching or just a fun afternoon out, the whale watching tour of the Gibraltar strait is a great way to spend an afternoon. On top of this, you can take a local course on how to spot them and where the best locations are, giving you an in depth dive their habits and feeding patterns, home in time for.