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Fraser's dolphins spotted in waters off Fuerteventura

Fraser's dolphins spotted for the first time in waters off Fuerteventura.

They were located by a cetacean watching encounter guided by the SECAC


Last Saturday, the hundred people participating in the whale watching activity, organized by the Biosphere Reserve and guided by the Society for the Study of Cetaceans in the Canary Islands (SECAC), had the privilege of observing several specimens of Fraser's dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei).

This species is characterized by its very triangular and pointed fins in addition to its characteristic coloration pattern of a darker gray on its face and around its eyes, and its shorter but visible snout.

During the sighting, the group maintained its course and trajectory, which made it difficult to identify, until they decided to approach the bow of the boat and the species could be confirmed and cited for the first time in the waters of the southeast coast of Lanzarote.

On the way back to port, the attendees were also able to observe a large group, with several adult individuals and hatchlings of striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), a species very recognizable for its unsociable behavior and for having a rather dark band that originates in the snout, mostly black, and that extends dorsally, surrounding the eye. to the anal area.

Finally, the sighting was completed with two specimens of pilot whales (Grampus griseus), with their unmistakable globose head, their very large dorsal fin and their half-grayish, half-whitish coloration, due to the usual interactions with other individuals or prey, in which marks are generated on their gray skin.

These last two species are common in the eastern waters of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, according to the SECAC environmental biologist responsible for the interpretation of the activity, Francesca Fusar. The area is considered a Site of Community Importance (SCI), a protected area included in the European Union's Natura 2000 Network for its rich marine biodiversity and which represents a hot spot for cetaceans worldwide.

The excursion, which was attended by the councillor of the Biosphere Reserve of the Cabildo de Lanzarote, Samuel Martín, aimed to raise awareness of the characteristics, peculiarities and importance of the marine mammals that inhabit our coasts and to raise awareness among the population about the importance of protecting and keeping the seas and oceans clean. During the journey, a cursory collection of rubbish floating on the surface was carried out.

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