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Whale and Dolphin Watching in Gibraltar

dolphins in the strait of gibraltar

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In the Strait of Gibraltar, regular sightings can be made of up to 7 wild cetacean species in their natural habitat. Some are resident species in this area, such as the common dolphin, striped dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and common pilot whale. However, at certain times of the year other species can also be observed, such as the orca, the sperm whale and the fin whale.

Entering Gibraltar contracting some excursion to sail the strait and spot dolphins and whales is increasingly becoming a tourist attraction.

When can you see dolphins in Gibraltar?

Sailing with a pod of dolphins playing on the bow of the boat, less than a metre away from us, is one of the most incredible emotions you can experience. 

Dolphins are highly social animals, often swimming and hunting in groups, and are shallow divers. In the wild, these graceful animals can reach speeds of over 30 kilometres per hour or so and dive to depths of up to 70 metres.

dolphin sightings in Gibraltar
Dolphin sighting in Gibraltar

However, the best months to see dolphins in Gibraltar are the months from November to January. Although there is a good chance of finding them all year round, as these animals come to the Bay of Gibraltar to feed, as well as to reproduce.

on the other hand, the orcas (also known as killer whales), is considered to be the species included in the the largest dolphin family in the world. They are regularly sighted in this area during the summer monthsespecially in July and August, although they have been seen occasionally in all other seasons.

When do whales pass through the Strait of Gibraltar?

In addition to dolphin sightings, in Gibraltar you can also encounter migratory whalesdepending on the time of year. The following can be contemplated above all sperm whales and humpback whalesThey are generally very friendly animals and even approach the boats to look around.

Regarding the time of year when you have the best chances of spotting whales in the Strait of Gibraltar, whales tend to come mostly in spring, but the best months to find them are during March and April.

Faro punta europa gibraltar lighthouse
Punta Europa lighthouse in Gibraltar

The Sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales and a master diver, this species in particular usually comes into the Strait of Gibraltar mostly in spring. Generally, a sperm whale can be spotted from a distance, as between two dives these animals always float for a few minutes on the surface of the water. It is important to note that the Strait has been recognised as a migration corridor for this species.

Amongst all the tourist attractions available in Gibraltar, such as climb the Rock and see the Gibraltar monkeysdolphin and whale watching has become one of the most popular in the area. 

If you are in Malaga and the Costa del Soland you are thinking about visiting Gibraltar, you can hire a Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Trip from Malaga. You will be able to contemplate these marvellous creatures in their natural habitat, while enjoying the incredible views of the Rock of Gibraltar and North Africa. You can't miss this magnificent experience!

You may also be interested in: What to see in Gibraltar in one day.

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