18th Oct 2023 @ 8:10 am

A group of Fraser’s Dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) has been observed by scientists for the first time in the eastern Canaries, during a special trip off the south-east coast of Lanzarote.

Photo/Video (Cabildo de Lanzarote)

A trip organized by the Biosfera Reserve of Lanzarote and SECAC, the Canarian Cetacean Society, spotted the dolphins last Saturday. Distinguished by their pointed flippers and short noses, the dolphins initially carried on their way before approaching the boat, which allowed them to be positively identified.

This is the first time that they have been sighted off the southeast cost of Lanzarote.

Fraser’s dolphin lives in deep tropical and sub-tropical waters, and is mainly found in the Pacific Ocean, although it’s range extends around the world. Its elusive nature means it was not formally identified until 1956.

On the way back to the port the group also spotted a large group of spotted dolphins as well as two Risso’s dolphins.

The excursion is aimed to promote awareness about the importance of marine life that inhabit the Lanzarote coast and the importance of keeping the ocean clean.

See the dolphins in action

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