The abundance of Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in Canary waters between March and May is usually accompanied by one of its natural predators….whales!!!!. This time of year its nor unusual to find these whales off the coast of the Canary islands. Yesterday about ten miles from Puerto Rico, in Gran Canaria there were two different groups of dolphins spotted.
One formed by two males and, at least, six more females and some young and another, about two miles from the first, with one male and three females.
Killer whales usually move in family groups and stay together for a lifetime. Sometimes several groups can be joined to form super families. It has been known for the clans to develop their own dialects to communicate
Calcareous seaweed has become well know for its shape that resembles popcorn and in abundance on the Canary island of El Hierro due to an expoliation place on the beach. As published on Monday in Spanish newspapers El País, visitors are taking about ten kilos a month which is causing a deterioration of the landscape and violating the environment. This has led to the launch of a campaign by the local authorities. The beach is nicknamed PopCornBeach which has been used widely on Instagram with posts from June 27 of 2015. Similar beaches in the north of Fuerteventura have also become famous for the calcareous seaweed on the coast in the place of sand.
From a distance the beaches have a normal appearance but close up you can see that this is not the case and it is covered with pieces of popcorn. Actually, the pieces are white coral that has eroded on the shore, where they mix with volcanic rocks and sand.
The calcareous algae comes almost certainly from the bottom of the Bocaina strait which divides Lanzarote and Fuerteventura where there is a forest of rhodoliths that guarantee the fishing reserves off the coast of the municipality of La Oliva.
This species of algae does not have roots and is in the form of relatively compact balls that are brought to shore by waves. Sea urchins and the limpets feed on this algae which makes them very important to for sea life in the Canries
Lanzarote is a great place for hiking and you can’t beat a walk along the beautiful Lanzarote coastline.
Some fantastic recommended routes would be as follows:
Puerto del Carmen – Puerto Calero- Playa Quemada.
You could start this walk in either Puerto del Carmen and stop off half way for some refreshment in Puerto Calero before finishing in Playa Quemada for lunch in only of the great fish restaurant at the seashore.
Set off from the village of Famara and head towards the stunning cliffs. You will pass a small white house which is the last occupied building and if you go far enough you will reach the “Casa del Agua” (the house of water) Enjoy the fantastic views!
For those of you who like a bit of plane spotting, you cannot beat the lovely coastal walk from Puerto del Carmen through to Playa Honda. In the middle you will pass the airport and you get really close to the planes landing and taking off. Playa Honda also has some great beachside restaurants for some lunch in the sun.
Charco del Palo to Arrieta
A beautiful coastal walk from the naturist village of Charco del Palo in the North of the island through to the village of Arrieta. It’s a flat walk but wear sensible shoes as the path isn’t paved. Look out for a small pebbled beach about half way there!
The Lanzarote council has proposed an ambitious collective challenge to put a finishing touch to the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the title of the Biosphere Reserve. The president accompanied by the counselor of the Biosphere Reserve and the president of Rotary Club Lanzarotehave collaborated to plant 100 plants for each of the 25 years that Lanzarote has been awarded the title of Biosfera Reserve with 2,500 native plants. The Biosphere Reserve has the support of Rotary Club Lanzarote and an arm of volunteers from a group called ‘together we are Biosfera’ to add the plants to different areas around the island. The Biosphere specialises in the developement, conservation and better management of the islands natural resources.
There seems to be an exceptional swarm of butterflies on the island at the moment. The Canary Islands are home to around 600 species (including moths) and more than a quarter of these are not found anywhere else in the world! The Monarch butterfly is probably the most common and there are plenty about this month. Identified by its orange and red wings which are veined with black. The caterpillar feeds on a certain species of Milkweed which can normally be found in border gardens. The population is dependent on the availability of this plant life alone.
The striped caterpillar with the bold warning colours of black and yellow and creamy white is prominent to tell predators that it is nasty-tasting and poisonous.
A video emerged 2 days ago from Conocer Lanzarote of a Blue Whale seen off the coast of Puerto del Carmen on 28th September. People enjoying the sunshine on the local beach of Playa Grande could see the whale which was approximately half a mile away from the coast. It was thought to have measured almost 20 meters long.
The Acanthurus Monroviae is a tropical fish which lives in the waters of the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The more common name to many of us is Dory which has come from the popular animated films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. This little blue fish has been found in the sea surrounding the island of La Graciosa the island which is just off the coast of the northen tip of Lanzarote. It’s a rare sighting as the waters are generally cooler around the island. It was luckily discovered by a diver and runner up in under water photography in Spain called Tanuausu Motas. In a month he has managed to photo 95 different species. Its thought that that the fish could have arrived next to some floating object making it a refugee, making a long journey from the coasts of the neighboring continent of Africa.