Dolphins

Gibraltar’s favourable Mediterranean climate makes for sightings of a variety of rare species of birds, dolphins, whales, fish and turtles.

A dolphin-watching trip is the most enjoyable way of seeing these fascinating mammals up close and there are two companies to choose from. The dolphins in the bay and strait area can be seen nearly any day, primarily the Common Dolphin,  Bottlenose Dolphin and the Striped Dolphin.

Dolphins are very sociable animals, spending almost all of their time in the company of others of their species. The groups of dolphins can range from very few, to several hundred, living and working together. They will work together to gather food, help each other to sleep, to give birth to new infants or to assist when another dolphin is ill or injured. These cetaceans can be found in various haunts around the coast of Gibraltar where they feed on sardines, herring, squid, anchovies and flying fish and have been known to dive to a depth of about 280 metres.

Common Dolphin 

Weight: 180 lbs. (Bay of Gibraltar 100-140 only as mostly immature)
Speed: 40+ mph.

Life Span: 25 years.

 

Striped DolphinLength: 6-8 ft.
Weight: 150 lbs.
Speed: 30 mph.
Life Span: 25 years.

 

Bottle Nosed DolphinLength: 9-12ft.
Weight: 400 lbs.
Speed: 30 mph.
Life Span: 25 years.

On a few occasions one may see whales, although these are far less common.

For more information on dolphin trips in Gibraltar, please visit our Dolphin Trips page.

  
  • Dolphin Trips
    Dolphin Adventure
    9 The Square Marina Bay
    (+350) 200 50650

    Dolphin Adventure offers daily tours aboard their super stable yellow catamarans to see Gibraltar’s dolphins in their natural habitat, WILD & FREE! Offering only responsible dolphin watching tours our mission statement is ‘to provide the best possible dolphin watching experience whilst maintaining a neutral level of intrusion.’ With an on board, fully qualified, marine biologist you are guaranteed the best possible wildlife encounter. Educational, informative, and best of all, fun for the whole family!

    THE ORIGINAL DOLPHINS SAFARI – EST 1969
    Marina Bay, 6 The Square Gibraltar
    (+350) 200 71914/ (+34) 607290400

    Sail first class with the Original Dolphin Safari in complete comfort aboard our 40 foot power boat with comfortable cushioned seating guaranteed for every passenger. We offer the highest success rate for finding the dolphins with a 99% guarantee. We have an indoor observation lounge, front line seating, full commentary throughout and toilet facilities. With our 47 years + of experience we know best how to find the dolphins and respect their natural environment observing them with complete responsibility. A truly magical experience for all ages.