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Project Blogs - Tenerife


If you’ve chosen the Canary Islands whale and dolphin conservation project with Frontier, then that means you’ve made it to Tenerife, the largest one of these cool Spanish islands located just off the coast of Africa! Congratulations! Before you get settled in the Frontier house and begin your exploration of this awesome area, here are some tips for you to know.

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Short finned pilot whales although are called whales are actually the second largest member of the dolphin family, behind the orca or killer whale. All whales, dolphins and porpoises are collectively known as cetaceans, which are marine mammals and classified as charismatic mega-fauna who breathe through their lungs and who also give birth to live young.

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I have just finished my 2 weeks here in Tenerife - It has been fantastic! I came here hoping to experience some close encounters with whales and dolphins and I wasn’t disappointed!

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During the Anthropocene, historically more than 70% of the Earth’s surface has been covered by water. With atmospheric temperatures progressively increasing, this percentage is gradually rising.

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After our community beach clean up’s through our rocky intertidal zones our research assistants have been taking a closer look at what animals live in these zones.

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One of the most rewarding activities is the beach clean-ups. It is hard work to pick up all the trash on the beach, because there is a lot of trash, but it is so nice to see the before and after.

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Mount Teide is probably Tenerife’s most prominent feature. The volcano at the island’s heart takes up the skyline wherever you are and provides a vantage point to view much of the Canary Islands. It does have an air of mystery about it though, so here are 15 fun facts about Mount Teide!

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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'm sure people have been saying clever things about getting lost since the Classical poets. I've not read anything I prefer to my own adage: if you've never been lost you've never gone far enough. There's something quite wonderful about being lost, especially since it's quite a challenge these days. Don't recognise a street? Gmaps will lead the way! Until, of course, you don't have data and have to stop relying on a device to make up for your own shortcomings.

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It was a perfect day to hit the water; a bit of wispy cloud sitting near the horizon, just outlining the bright blue sky above us. It was breathing a gentle force 2, enough to cool us off under the hot sun but not nearly enough to send hats flying into the Atlantic. The water was calm, smooth rollers cruising toward the shore as we chugged out to sea on Eden, a fibreglass catamaran that must've done the same journey thousands of times before.

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