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Wednesday
Sep062017

Tenerife Hasn't Seen The Last Of  Me

My expectations of Tenerife were far exceeded when I arrived, there's always something different to see in every direction, from picture perfect mountain peaks, rustic villages, tall rigorous cliffs and of course, the open blue sea that surrounds you!

I was immediately greeted by cheery, polite staff and volunteers when I arrived at the Frontier house and it soon became home. During the short 2 weeks I was there for, we did plenty of activities, whether that was working with Frontier or exploring what the island had to offer with new friends.

As volunteers, we helped with coastal surveys where we would record the number of legal/illegal whale watching boats and cetacean numbers in the area. After a short hike up a cliff, you overlook the capacious ocean with a few fish farms close to shore, the view was definitely worth the hot and sweaty walk. It didn't take long for us to spot a pod of playful bottlenose dolphins breaching among the waves below us though!

We also did community work which consisted of a beach clean and raising awareness/talking to tourists. The beach clean shouldn't have to be done, especially in such an exquisite place, however it does make you feel proud afterwards and every little bit of rubbish that is collected is a step closer to helping the environment or even better, saving a life!

The highlight of my stay has to be the boat excursions. For me, there was no better way to spend your day than relaxing in the sun on a calm boat watching, taking photos and writing about cetaceans, it doesn't feel like work at all. Having only seen these wonderful animals from a distance before, it was so hard to contain my excitement. Inquisitive pilot whales would come so close to the boat you could almost touch them and playful dolphins would put on one hell of a show! Watching the cetaceans in their natural habitat is absolutely breathtaking, certainly enough to bring a tear to your eye.

Despite my quickly passing time here, I would love to come back and do it all over again, there's always fun in learning when it's as good as this. There's a million and one things to do and explore on the island, I have a whole list of other things I want to try out, Tenerife hasn't seen the last of me!

By Bethan Clyne - Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Conservation Volunteer

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