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We saw a majestic Fin Whale in Fuerteventura

By 6 de May de 2024No Comments
imagen destacada rorcual común en Fuerteventura

A few days ago on one of our boat trips in the south of Fuerteventura we were lucky enough to spot a large species of whale called the fin whale. Watch the impressive video at our youtube channel and follow us on social networks to see amazing videos and photos about the marine fauna of Fuerteventura and how we enjoy our I work day by day sailing the stunning Atlantic waters surrounding the island and making thousands of people happy who come to visit us and to go on any of our excursions.. If you want to live the experience of receiving the visit and to see these and other majestic animals in their natural habitat, join us and take an unforgettable reminder with you on your visit to Fuerteventura.

What is a fin whale?

The fin whale, known scientifically as Balaenoptera physalus, is one of the largest and most impressive cetaceans on the planet. This ocean giant can reach up to 27 metres in length, making it the second largest whale after the blue whale.

image of fin whale in Morro Jable Fuerteventura

Ecological importance of the fin whale

The fin whale plays a crucial role in the marine ecosystem. Their diet, based mainly on small fish and krill, helps maintain the balance of marine populations and, by extension, affects the oceanic food chain.

Physical characteristics of the fin whale

Size and weight

The average adult size is impressive, and females tend to be slightly larger than males, a common feature among many cetaceans.

Distinctive differences

Unlike other whales, the fin whale has a unique colouring that makes it easy to identify. The right jaw is predominantly white, while the left jaw is darker.

Habitat and distribution

Predominant sighting areas

The fin whale is found mainly in temperate and cold waters. An exceptional place for whale watching in Fuerteventura is one of their temporary habitats, where they can be observed during their seasonal migrations.

Seasonal migration

This cetacean makes seasonal migrations that are linked to its search for food and its reproductive cycle, travelling great distances across the world’s oceans.

Behaviour of fin whales

Feeding patterns

Its feeding is characterised by the ‘funnel feeding’ technique, where it ingests large quantities of water, which it then filters through its baleen plates to capture small marine organisms.

Surface behaviour

The fin whale is known for its impressive leaps out of the water, a spectacle that attracts numerous tourists and nature lovers every year, especially those who wish to see whales in Fuerteventura.

Fin whale reproduction

Reproductive cycle

Fin whale reproduction has well-defined cycles and generally occurs in warmer waters, where conditions are optimal for calf development.

Care of offspring

Unlike other marine mammals, fin whales have a relatively short lactation period, after which the calves are ready to start their independent life.

Threats and conservation

Main threats

The main threats to fin whales include commercial whaling, ship strikes and marine pollution.

Conservation efforts and legislation

There are multiple global conservation efforts aimed at protecting this species, including international regulations that limit hunting and promote habitat conservation.

Observation of fin whales in their habitat

Best places for observation

In addition to Fuerteventura, other ideal places to observe fin whales include the coasts of Iceland, Norway and northern California, where conditions are ideal for sightings.

Tips for responsible observation

It is crucial to follow responsible viewing guidelines to ensure that these majestic creatures are not disturbed in their natural habitat by tourism.

Reflections on the importance of fin whales

The conservation of fin whales is essential not only for marine biodiversity but also for the overall health of our oceans. Their presence is an indication of ocean health and their protection should be a priority.

Frequently asked questions about fin whales

  • How long can a fin whale live?
    • A fin whale can live up to 70 years in natural conditions.
  • How can I participate in fin whale conservation?
    • You can get involved by supporting organisations that are dedicated to ocean conservation, adopting sustainable practices and educating others about the importance of protecting marine life.
  • Are there any volunteer programmes to observe fin whales?
    • Yes, there are volunteer programmes in several marine conservation organisations that allow volunteers to participate in cetacean research and conservation projects.
  • What measures are being taken to reduce the impact of tourism on fin whales?
    • Regulations limiting the proximity of vessels to cetaceans, observation schedules and mandatory training for guides and tour operators are promoted.
  • What are the characteristics that differentiate the fin whale from other whales?
    • The fin whale is distinguished by its large size, the asymmetrical colouring of its jaw and its tall, slender dorsal fin located near the end of its back.