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Project Blogs - Tenerife


In May the Frontier Whale & Dolphin Conservation team in Tenerife teamed up with local forces to assault the accumulation of dangerous trash at Playa de Arenita, at Palm-Mar. With combined powers the Frontier staff andvolunteers, the local primary and high schools and diving team managed to recover over 53.5kg of trash!

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To finish a good week on an even higher note (and as I’m prone to taking spontaneous adventures), I decided to use my ‘Day-Off’ to take a trek/run up ‘Montana Roja’ literally ‘Red Mountain’- which is situated on the East coast of Tenerife, Spain.

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This blog is a brief summary of all the bodacious activities and events which are so easily filled into our daily lives here at the Whale & Dolphin Conservation project in Tenerife. It’s a fun mix of hard but hugely rewarding Marine Conservation research work and some pleasantly relaxing ‘downtime’ activities.

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This Wednesday, the Tenerife Team of FRONTIER achieved a HIGH SCORE when going to ‘Playa del Callao’- Right after the weekly ‘Coastal Survey’, in Los Cristianos (South Tenerife).

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I decided to join the Tenerife Whale & Dolphin Conservation when I was looking for an internship abroad for one of my courses of my university. I always wanted to get to see a new part of the world and I have always had an special place in my heart for dolphins. So, for me, this was an perfect opportunity; getting experience of living abroad, make a valuable contribution to the conservation of different whale and dolphin species, and in the same time, completing one of my courses from university.

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Every year, there is one of the most famed parties in the world; ‘Santa Cruz de Tenerife’, which is second to Rio de Janeiro, in Brasil. Today, Team Tenerife of FRONTIER joined in with the celebrations in Santa Cruz to spectate the parade, which is held each year on the 5th of March.

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This week it will not really be a blog but a photo collection. We received a lot of videos and photos of recent volunteers. Some volunteers created notebooks of their time here while others made beautiful collages.

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I wanted to end the year and start a new year giving back to the planet and extending my campaigning and knowledge to cetacean (dolphins, whales and porpoises).

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As you might know, over 2/3 of the earth is covered in water.

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El Médano is located on the South-East of Tenerife. It is known as the Bohemian resort of the island; a paradise for surfers, boogieboarders and windsurfers since there is almost always a perfect breeze allowing the perfect wave. As surfers would say ‘’when you get in the impact zone, get back up because you never know what’s over the next wave’’. The next wave is always coming.

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