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Want to spot a whale or dolphin? New study says Malta is a great place to start
The Maltese coast offers more than just crystal blue waters…

Kim Vella

Seeing dolphins in their natural habitat should be on everyone’s bucket list. A pod of dolphins leaping out of the water as though in a trance, dancing around barely making a splash – it’s quite a fantastical sight, captivating to all that are lucky enough to see.

That’s not to mention the whale, of course, one of the largest recorded creatures in the world. Watching one come to the surface to release a mighty blow is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that few get to experience.

Well, if you’ve always wished to see this natural phenomenon, your chances are about to increase …

A recent study conducted by the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) has confirmed the presence of both whales and dolphins around the Maltese Islands.

Four different species of whales were recorded in Malta in this latest survey, including the fin whale; the sperm whale; the cuvier’s beaked whale, and the long-finned pilot whale. In fact, if you remember correctly, one such creature –  the fin whale – was spotted near Ta’ Sanap Cliffs in Gozo earlier this year, in April.

When it comes to dolphins, somewhat surprisingly, according to the ERA report, there are more species than just the common dolphin in the Maltese waters. These include the risso’s dolphin, the striped dolphin, and the bottlenose dolphin. There have been many sightings of these playful creatures over the years.

Dolphins love putting on a show and interacting with their human friends, so the next time you’re out at sea, remember they respond well to noise. Pro tip: hit the hull of a boat and wait to see their splash!

25th October 2021


Kim Vella
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Kim Vella
A highly curious explorer always looking to find her next adventure. Kim loves sharing her experiences and what's happening on the Maltese Islands. When not writing, you’ll probably find her playing around with some clay or somewhere surrounded by trees. She's always up for listening to people's stories about anything to do with nature, a passion project or issue you feel needs tending to.

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