Swim with dolphins and whales in the Mediterranean sea

Welcome to the world of cetaceans


Where to meet cetaceans?

In the Mediterranean, in the sanctuary Pelagos, created at the initiative of France, Monaco and Italy, for the protection of dolphins, whales, whales and sperm whales.



Dolphin (Stenella)


Dolphin The back is dark, bluish grey flanks are penetrated by a flame after dark at the back of the ridge and traversed by a horizontal line issue of the eye. One or two bands connect pectoral dark, dark eyes. The beak is also dark.

Adults, it weighs 90 to 150 kg ranging in size from 1.80 to 2.70 m. Adult males are generally 10 to 30 cm taller than females. Newborns are about 1 meter.
The upper jaw has 78 to 106 teeth, the lower 78 to 110.
The longevity would be about 35 to 50 years


Risso's Dolphin


Risso's Dolphin The main feature to identify the Risso's dolphin is the large number of scars he wears. This is especially true for older people who collect many scars that gives them this aspect while scratched. And the livery whiten with age that makes certain individuals as white as bélouga.

Typically, the female is larger than the male and only rarely exceeds the 3.50 meters. It takes very often in groups of 10 to 12 people who sometimes can reach 80 individuals. This is a fairly fast swimmer that can reach 12 to 14 knots and rarely jumps.


Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus)


Fin whale The Fin Whale is the second largest whale in the world (after the blue whale), and it belongs to the group of baleen whales (mysticètes). It can travel a distance of 300 km per day on the occasion of which he swims at speeds of up to 37 km/h.
This enables him to cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an hour to reach the population of whales located in the Mediterranean, which includes population between 3000 and 7400 animals.


Pilot Whale (Globicephala melas)


Globicéphale black Its Latin name means "globular head." A species swimming slowly here who does not large migrations, but who moves mainly in the pursuit of its prey. An adult male reaches up to 6 m long and weighs 3.5 tons.


Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus)


sperm whale The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is probably the most incredible predators on the planet. Pesants more than 30 tons, the sperm whale is a giant among the toothed whales. Formerly persecuted to be virtually exterminated, the sperm whale is now the abysses submarine.

The sperm whale, however, is included on the IUCN Red List as a vulnerable species. This common cetacean all temperate and tropical oceans.


Turtle caretta (Caretta caretta)


Turtle caretta The turtle sea turtle is the most common in the Mediterranean. It is a great turtle can measure up to 1 m long. Compared to most other sea turtles, carouane has a large head and powerful jaws capable of crushing crabs and lobsters. It is reproduced in more than biennially and pond, the same year, up to four times about 100 eggs.


Fish Moon (Mola mola)


Fish Moon The fish moon common (Mola mola) spends most of his life on the high seas Despite its huge size, it is a poor swimmer. The moon fish spends most of its time to let themselves go by currents that sometimes far from its tropical air distribution to temperate waters.


Ray Mobula


Ray Mobula Mobula is a ray of the Myliobatidae family.
These rays looks like the Manta Rays, but the mouth is placed under the body instead of at the front.
The biggest of these rays are leaving in the Mediterranean sea, they are called “Mobula Mobular”, they can reach 5 meters large for 1 ton and they can do spectaculars jumps above the water.



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