Family Of Whales Feeding In Ibiza Waters
On Monday 17th a sailor recorded at least 6 Fin whales on his journey from Formentera to Jávea, several miles from Es Vedra.
This is the third recent sighting of whales in the Balearic waters as reported in the Diario de Ibiza.
The crew sailing on the ship Es Nautic Café del Mar travelling from Ibiza to Barcelona recorded a Fin whale in the channel between Ibiza and Mallorca.
On the 10th June the Asociación Tursiops posted a video on their Facebook page showing a mother sperm whale feeding her calf off the West Coast of Ibiza, in an area with a lot of marine traffic.
The video as shown in the main feature video of this post, is part of a project the association has been working on, gathering data on Mediterranean sperm whale numbers and their locations. In total they covered more than 400 miles and spotted 13 whales.
The Mediterranean Sea is characterised by high biological diversity and endemism (meaning that many species are present only here), yet it is also one of the regions with the highest levels of marine traffic, pollution, tourism, human density and fishing in the entire world.
Whale & Dolphin species frequenting the Med are Fin whales, Sperm whales, Long-finned Pilot whale, Stripped dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, the Short-beaked common dolphin (who have suffered a dramatic decline in the Med making it a rare sight) and the Cuvier’s Beaked whale.