The Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region and the Strait of Gibraltar are the ideal places for observing nature and a particular attraction is the sighting of cetaceans.
This activity has actually become it's own form of tourism. The coasts of the region are rich in these creatures, particularly in the western part of the Mediterranean and within the Strait. More and more tourists go there to watch the marine mammals on the high seas, but also from the coast. Among resident species to be found are the common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) and pilot whale (Globicephala melas).
Among the semi-residents (who live there for a large part of the year), are the sperm whale (physeter macrocephala) and the orca (Orcinus orca).
The fin whale a one of the migratory species that are often spotted in the Strait on its migration between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean.
The likelihood of good-quality observations of cretaceans is very great and this is about to become a form of tourism that the region is well-equipped to cope with – it is highly recommended.
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A good idea would be to combine a day of whale-watching with an introductory scuba dive. Find out from the different diving schools what's on offer for beginners.