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Project Blogs - Tenerife


Whaling is regarded as a barbaric practice in many parts of the world, whereas in others it’s considered a mainstream form of hunting or sport. In this article we take a look back at the history of whaling, the ways in which it is currently carried out and the implications this has for marine species as well as for humans.

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I first joined Frontier as a volunteer in early October 2016. At the time I was studying Exotic Animal Management and was required to complete 300 hours of work experience in an animal based sector, and I tell you what, the 133 hours I gained from frontier was some of the best life experience I have ever had.

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For our community project this week we decided to visit the beautiful town of El Médano. We usually run our community project in Los Cristianos, however we wanted to explore more of Tenerife and question more tourists outside of Los Cristianos.

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As a marine biology student, volunteering with Frontier working on whale and dolphin conservation seemed like the perfect way to spend my time after a stressful year at uni.

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What is your favourite dish? Mac and cheese, omelette, a Sunday roast? Now imagine trying to cook this for 35 people, in a normal sized kitchen. On top of that we have some pescetarians, vegetarians and vegans. Some of the above choices are already out. So - what are we actually eating?

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As the largest of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife boasts the title of ‘most biologically diverse’ so there are definitely plenty of creatures to see but, as one of the top whale and dolphin watching destinations in the world, there's plenty to see offshore too. Here are the five species we think you must see while visiting this incredible island:

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This week-long project is by far one of the best things I have ever done. The feeling I got when I saw the dorsal fin of a whale rise from the ocean for the first time was indescribable, and one that I recommend everyone experience for themselves.

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