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The Strait of Gibraltar, magical for its particularities, is the only channel of communication between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and a point of separation between Spain and Morocco. It brings together biological, geographical, archaeological, fishing and landscape aspects. It is part of the migratory bird route and has ideal conditions for the presence of dolphins and whales.
The fascinating experience of sailing in the Strait of Gibraltar gains a little more excitement when the friendly inhabitants of its waters, whales and dolphins, approach the boats to show off and satisfy visitors' curiosity.
In the Strait of Gibraltar, an area declared a Biosphere Reserve, there are 7 different species of cetaceans that, depending on their migratory routes, abundance of food and reproduction periods, live permanently or spend a certain amount of time in this privileged marine area: the encounter between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
The sighting of cetaceans is an ecotourism activity, based on scientific research and environmental education, which seeks to minimize the environmental impact and to maximize the conservation of the natural environment and the species present, using as a tool to raise visitor awareness through the experience. On each trip, a group of marine biologists accompanies tourists to inform, interpret and generate statistical information about these animals and their habitat. This work will then be used in different projects and scientific publications produced in collaboration with other dedicated entities and which have space in the most important national and international forums and congresses on the subject.
The interesting aspect of the trips is not only limited to the encounter with whales and dolphins, since one can also contemplate the beauty of this geographical enclave that separates the African and European continents, observe closely the passage of enormous ships that cross this authentic "maritime highway", or even spot flocks of birds in their migratory flights.
From the unforgettable memories of this trip, images of dolphins stand out, showing themselves with their acrobatic jumps, pilot whales staring at the tourist, the mother killer whales with their little ones stalking the fishing boats to get a part of the blue fin tuna fishing, the fin whales (the second largest animal on the planet) causing an enormous jet to breathe on the surface, and the sperm whales saying goodbye to the tourists.