Killer whales spotted in the Algarve

By Kim Schiffmann, in Algarve · 23-08-2019 01:00:00 · 2 Comments
Killer whales spotted in the Algarve

A large group of killer whales, also known as orcas, were spotted off the coast of Olhão, Algarve, during a dolphin watching tour.

The group, made up of about 15 animals, included adults and several calves and was sighted for several minutes about two miles from the coast last weekend.

The orcas surprised tourists aboard the boat “Airo” which was manned by skippers João Veiga and João Neto, both marine biology students.

“On the tours we see dolphins very often. At this point we have achieved an approximate success rate of 95 percent” said Ricardo Badálo, CEO of Passeios Ria Formosa. “But watching orcas is quite rare and tourists are completely ecstatic. Even for us, who are used to finding wildlife in our waters, it’s very exciting” he adds.

Orcas occasionally travel along the Algarve coast, it is thought that this is due to the annual tuna migration between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

The orca (orcinus orca) is often called the killer whale but is not actually from the whale family, which have no teeth. In fact, with its sharp teeth and gigantic bearing, the orca is the largest dolphin on the planet. Its prey includes fish, molluscs, birds, turtles, seals, sharks and larger animals - such as whales - when orcas hunt in groups. The largest specimens reach up to nine tonnes.


Hello guys, the student that discovered the whales was João Neto and he is not from Marine Biology, he is from Marine and Coastal Management. You guys should address the credits better, thanks for your time.

by Renan Gonçalves Menezes from Algarve on 08-09-2019 02:17:00

Thanks for the feedback

by Ismail Al-Abdallah from UK on 24-08-2019 10:13:00
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