Before our recent visit in Tenerife we (a group of 11 people) had decided to go for a whale watch trip. Two of the families in the group had already once before joined trips from Las Galletas with the catamaran Mustcat. We had good experience and were sure, if we could not get any longer trips further out, that we would try this again.
Our search for trips for sperm whales turned out negative, and we went off the coast of Los Cristianos to watch the pilot whales and eventually other wildlife around. Around 35 people was on the boat which was suitable gave good space for everyone. One of the families experinced very loud music on board when sailing and we were positively surprised that the company has realised that nature experience and loud music is not a good combination. The music onboard was elminated to a minimum, and then rather low.
Leaving Las Galletas, the first and very abundant mini albatrosses - Cory's shearwaters - turned up and was seen throughout the trip. Indeed a very illustrative English name!
We went directly to a pack of pilot whale with close looks to around 10 individuals, and more at the distance. In total probably 30-40 individuals. We were impressed by 1-2 large specimens (adult males) with there large shark like dorsal fins, and really enjoyed close looks at a mother with her little half size calf.
After having spent good and sufficient time with the pilot whales the Mustcat went further west to anchor in a bay where we could have the promised swim. Unfortunately, no turtles were present in the bay. Both families had earlier seen turtles on similar trips, with one of the families having the luck to be able to swim along with 1-2 turtles.
The first part of our trip back was a bit disapointing. The Mustcat sailed close to the Los Cristianos coastline where the - from the point of view of the purpose of the trip - guided to along the different hotels were quite boring and seemed pointless. Why use so much time on watching hotels close to the coast when there was a chance to see more marine wildlife further out at sea? However, the birdwatchers in the group was lucky to spot a grey phalarope on this part of the trip.
The second part of our trip back, though, were differently exciting. We were actively scanning the sea surface with binoculars on our way back towards Las Galletas, and not very far from the lighthouse I spotted a couple of dolphins further out at sea. We told the crew and we were very happy that they turned the boat and went straight out towards the dolphins.
A few moments later, we were sailing among a flock of Atlantic spotted dolphins of all sizes, from rather small, almost tuna-like calves to "normal" dolphin size. A species, none of had seen before, and a first-in-life experience with dolphins for several in our group. The dolphins were curious and playful, jumping free of the water and swimming so close to the boat that we could almost touch them. What a speed! The captain did a very good job to keep close to the dolphins without stressing them. This was such a great experience, and thank you to the crew for this!
We can only recommend this trip to everyone visiting Tenerife. Please consider to arrange even longer trips for other whale species (we saw what we consider to be an unspecified baleen whale from Los Gigantes a couple of days later).
Thank you from the Rudfeld families from Denmark
PS Another proof of the service from the Mustcat crew was that they without further notice delivered my binoculars which I had forgotten in the bus from Las Galletas to Los Cristianos at to our hotel as soon as it was possible - thanks al lot!
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