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July 19, 2011

Cetacean sighting in the Alboran Sea

© OCEANA / Carlos Minguell


Oceana´s Ranger expedition is going strong as it continues through the Alboran Sea, which is the westernmost portion of the Mediterranean Sea. This area, famous for its great number and variety of cetaceans (marine mammals), did not disappoint: our on-board team of scientists, photographers, videographers and divers spotted more than 400 cetaceans in just one day!

Some of the species they observed included the Risso Dolphin (Grampus griseus),a particularly shy dolphin that rarely shows itself. On this it occasion, it made an exception by approaching the Ranger and letting itself be photographed.


Several groups of long-finned pilot whales were also spotted near the coasts of Málaga, travelling in family groups of up to 200 and revealing the social behaviour that characterises them.

To keep up to date on the findings of the Ranger expedition, , keep an eye on our website, where diary entries with much more information, videos and amazing pictures are regularly updated!

Our special thanks to Obra Social IberCaja for their generous donation to help us with this part of the expedition.