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Help us continue studying pilot whales in Tenerife!

Continue studying the risk factors that affect the local population of pilot whales in the south of Tenerife. Determining the current preservation condition, stress degree, food, social composition, number of subjects’ estimation and the risk of collision with vessels in the area.

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We have been carrying out a research project on pilot whales in Tenerife, (Canary islands) for the entire year. We have received support from the Biodiversity Foundation and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment support this project in collaboration with University of La Laguna., but unfortunately, public and private institutions of the island have not supported the project yet. If no one else helps us with financial support, it will no longer be possible to continue the study. With your help, we can continue this study and we can know the risk factors affecting the conservation of the resident pilot whale population in this area and the state in which these animals are. We will know the degree of stress they are subject to, their food habits, distribution, social composition and the likelihood of collision with vessels in the area. Thanks to you, we will know more about this species and therefore be able to perform a more appropriate management system.

In the south of Tenerife, within a protected marine area, resides one of the few populations of pilot whales ( Globicephala macrorhynchus ), which can be spotted all year round. This species is listed in the National Catalogue of Endangered Species under the category of "vulnerable" and in the Catalogue of Endangered Species of the Canary Islands as “special protection”. In addition, the south of Tenerife is currently the only known place in the world with a population of pilot whales showing so much loyalty for such a reduced space.

But this area supports approximately 15,000 to 20,000 whale watching trips alone a year,plus a high number of unauthorized vessels (which are not under any control) visiting the populations on a regular basis. The exponential growth of aquatic activities increases the risk of collision mainly due to the new boats’ high speed and their proximity to the animals. In addition, the noise from the engines introduces acoustic pollution into the environment, which affects primarily the cetaceans for being animals that use the sound as their primary means of communication, feeding and guidance.

Increased risk factors and the absence of data on the population dynamics causes great uncertainty when it comes to ensuring the viability of this population of whales, so it is essential to identify and assess the degree of impact of the various risk factors that could jeopardize their survival.

How we will allocate your contributions.

The funds received will be used IN FULL to cover the costs related to data collection for the MITCALD project. In addition, it will cover the costs of printing and layout of dissemination materials related to this project and will allow bringing the results to the general public by conducting dissemination sessions and workshops.

In the event of exceeding our target, the raised funds will be used towards increasing the number of campaigns to collect as many data as possible. If the raised funds were well above break even point, we will make a video that shows our day to day work and this emblem species of the south of Tenerife. If that happens, the name of all the sponsors will appear in acknowledgments at the end of the video and we will send you a digital copy of that video.

Help us know more about this protected species so we can preserve it for the future!

Regarding the rewards

Those rewards that are entirely up to us (sponsored pilot whale photos, audio downloadable materials, online courses, etc.) will be delivered within less than two months from the end of the Crowdfunding. The reaming rewards, due to its special nature (come work with us and have your name listed in our publications) will be confirmed with you (sponsor) depending on when you want to attend. As for having your name listed in our publications, it will depend on the date that publications are made. In any case rewards will be delivered before November 2015. If you have made a contribution that will grant you a t-shirt, this will be personally delivered to you at your “scientist day/week”.


The project’s duration is one year, starting January 15 and ending December 30 of 2015. Several data collection campaigns will be conducted at sea and on land.

About us

In Asociación Tonina we believe in science to serve the public so we specialize not only in researching but also in sharing our researches by offering lectures, workshops and various dissemination sessions. We are a NGO made up of young, restless and committed to our work and objectives, marine biologists.

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  • Asociación Tonina

    Asociación Tonina

    almost 7 years

    Hola Lara, la fecha límite para este crodwfunding fue el 1 de agosto a las 10:00 de la mañana, pero si deseas hacer una aportación extra a este proyecto siempre podrás hacerlo a través de nuestra web: www.asociaciontonina.com si tienes cualquier otra pregunta la respecto no dudes en escribirme a la dirección acrespo@asociaciontonina.com o a info@asociaciontonina.com y te responderemos lo antes posible. Muchas gracias por tu consulta. Un saludo,


  • Lara


    almost 7 years

    Hola! Se podría hacer el ingreso de apadrinamiento después de el día 31 de Julio? Y podría ingresarse mediante número de cuenta, en vez de poner la número de tarjeta en la web?

  • Asociación Tonina

    Asociación Tonina

    almost 7 years

    Hola Javi, gracias por contactar. Te comentamos que esa recompensa depende de cuando sea la campaña de toma de datos, que aunque está programada para principios de septiembre, no podemos poner una fecha exacta pues dependemos de las condiciones meteorológicas en ese momento, pero no creemos que sea posible antes de primeros de septiembre, según nuestro calendario...

    Gracias y un saludo,


  • Javi Romero

    Javi Romero

    almost 7 years

    Hola, se podría canjear la aportación de 500 € a finales de Agosto o hay que esperar hasta Septiembre/Octubre? Gracias

#05 / ¡Un gran hola a tod@s!

Pues te fue el resultado final del maravilloso apoyo recibido por ustedes. Después del fin de semana de celebración, ya estamos por aquí planeando las recompensas. En cuanto la plataforma VERKAMI nos mande los datos y nos de el ok, empezaremos a contactar con cada uno de ustedes para entregarles las recompensas y darles las gracias a cada uno.



HEMOS LLEGADO AL OBJETIVO!!! muchísimas gracias a todos los mecenas, muchísimas gracias a ti! sólo gracias a ti ha sido posible, gracias por compartir, por involucrarte y por hacer posible que proyectos como éste sigan gestionándose...

Estamos muy contentos ¡y estamos deseando empezar a entregar las recompensas!

Un saludo enorme a todos y muchísimas gracias, de corazón <3

PD: Nos pondremos en contacto muy pronto para gestionar las recompensas.

#03 / Costurilla Handmade collaboration

¡La maravillosa Costurilla Handmade en su increíble creatividad, compromiso y amor por el mar, se está uniendo a nuestro proyecto de crowdfunding! visita su blog y descubre las recompensas que te esperan! Además, para celebrar esta colaboración, el próximo mecenas que ponga 75€ o más, será premiado con un bolso único de Costurilla Handmade. ¿A qué esperas? ¡Apadrina un calderón!

Blog de Costurilla Handmade

The wonderful Costurilla Handmade in her amazing creativity, commitment and love for the ocean, is joining our crowdfunding project! Check her blog and you will find a lot of rewards that are waiting for you! In addition, to celebrate this collaboration, the next sponsor that help us with 75€ or more, will be rewarded with a unique Costurilla Handmade bag. What are you waiting for? Sponsor a pilot whale!

Crowfunding en español:
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#02 / Murphy

Hoy les presentamos a Murphy, un calderón que ha tenido la mala suerte de sufrir dos fuertes colisiones con barcos. Si observan bien verán que en la parte final (zona caudal) tiene una cicatriz más antigua, que nos indica que no es la primera vez que este animal tiene la poca fortuna de toparse con una lancha motora. Murphy es un ejemplo visible de la importancia que tiene continuar con este proyecto. Se trata de un problema cada vez más habitual dentro de la población de calderones del sur, debido al aumento de barcos en la zona y que, desafortunadamente, algunos de estos animales corren peor suerte que Murphy… ¡APADRINA UN CALDERÓN, AYÚDANOS, AYÚDALES!

Today we want introduce you to Murphy, a pilot whale has been unlucky enough to suffer two strong collisions with boats. If you observe carefully, you will see in the final part… read more

#01 / El pequeño Lucky

Y para que conozcan algo más a los calderones que apadrinan, les presentamos a LUCKY, llamado así porque sin duda es un pequeño con suerte. Cuando vimos a esta cría tenía menos de dos semanas de vida, era muy muy pequeña, sus marcas fetales se veían aún muy claras, indicándonos que prácticamente acaba de nacer…Y allí estaba el pequeño Lucky, tan pequeño y tan fuerte, sobreviviendo a lo que muy claramente parece haber sido el intento de desayuno de algún tiburón de la zona. Su madre estaba continuamente a su lado, y tenía marcas de dientes en su dorsal, ¡sin duda luchó por el pequeño! A día de hoy nos consta que el pequeño Lucky sigue creciendo y sus cicatrices, aunque le acompañarán por mucho tiempo, han ido disminuyendo. Si deseas conocer más historias como esta, no lo dudes, ¡AYÚDANOS A SEGUIR ESTUDIÁNDOLOS!

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