Fauna of the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands give the ideal conditions for a great diversity of
marine species to thrive in its surrounding seas. At least 500
varieties of fish, 5 species of marine reptiles and 80 of sea mammals
can be found there.

The characteristics and conditions of the sea around these beautiful islands make the perfect environment for a great wealth of fauna and flora. That’s one of the reasons Canary Islands are such a rich and idyllic natural place.

Canary Islands ocean streams

Located transversely to the Canary cold stream, these islands receive
the waters coming from the Gulf and flowing southwest from northern
latitudes.

That is the reason why the water temperature is lower than it would
be expected for that tropical latitude. Streams are separated from each
other by channels of great depth and relatively short distance.

Turtles in Canary Islands

Diving is one of the most attractive tourist activities in the Canary Islands. Nothing better than swimming into this sea full of life and taking a closer look at the most curious species in the ocean. Here you will learn a little more about turtles in Tenerife, how to observe them, and get acquainted about all what’s around that experience.

How long can whales live?

Among the largest mammal species worldwide, whales are also the ones
that can live the longest. Many studies have been carried out by
researchers and have determined that, while some have a life expectancy between 80 and 90 years, some specimens can live up to 100 and more.

Their longevity depends on many factors. Studies have been very
difficult to carry out, however, with some data and estimates, marine
biologists have been able to determine whale lifespan with a pretty good
degree of accuracy, for each species in particular.

The importance of the plankton in the ocean

The word plankton was first used in 1887 by German scientist Victor Hensen. With it, he referred to a group of plant and animal organisms, mostly microscopic, present in salty or fresh waters that move driven by currents.

These diverse organisms populate the oceans around the world but tend
to be more abundant in the colder seas, i.e: distant from the equator.

Their role is essential in the marine food chain and they are usually classified into two categories: phytoplankton or plankton from vegetable origin and zooplankton or animal plankton.

How intelligent dolphins are?

The dolphin is a quite fascinating marine species, and has been considered one of the smartest living animals. It is known for its sociable behavior and empathy, which demonstrates not only within its own species, but also with others.

Although intelligence is usually associated exclusively with humans, this animal exhibits behaviors that can be considered intelligent, something that has surprised scientists for the past decades.

Many people have heard about the cognitive abilities of this mammal,
but most of them are unaware of some characteristics and curiosities
regarding this cetacean.

Reasons Why We Should Protect Our Oceans

Oceans comprise the largest extensions of water on Earth, besides
being the natural habitat of countless species. This makes them one of the most important environments for the preservation of life on Earth.

However, up to a third of marine biodiversity is being currently
threatened by the effects of overfishing, climate change and
acidification of the seas.

There are countless reasons to reinforce the preservation of life in the oceans. Some of the most relevant are presented below.

Release of 20 turtles in the adeje coast

On October 19, we had the places to participate in a double act in favor of the conservation of the rich fauna present on our island, the presentation of the new cetacean conservation letter and the return of 20 turtles to the ocean.

Interview with Alberto Alonso, collaborating biologist at the La Tahonilla recovery center.

Nadar con delfines en Tenerife, una actividad prohibida

La fascinación del ser humano por los delfines nos lleva a muchos de nosotros a preguntarnos si es posible nadar con delfines en Tenerife.

Pues bien, la respuesta a esta pregunta es no, actualmente está prohibido nadar o bañarse con delfines en las costas de Tenerife.

En nuestro país tenemos el privilegio de
contar con un gran número de delfines en nuestras costas, esto nos da la
oportunidad de observarlos en su ámbito natural de una forma
responsable, pero por desgracia también contamos con delfines en cautividad. Ubicados en parques y zoológicos de todo el territorio nacional.