Welcome to this virtual trip to Lobos Island! Today we are going to discover the fascinating origin of the name of this little natural jewel and some curiosities about its fauna. Do you know this spectacular island in the Atlantic Ocean? For Canarians and foreigners who visit this small islet it is a true paradise, above all, for all those who love nature, adventures and wild landscapes. Undoubtedly, the charm of this islet lies in its conservation, as it is one of the most virgin and uninhabited territories in the entire Canary archipelago.
But why is it called «Lobos Island» if there are no sea lions on it today? Well, the answer takes us back in time, when this island was home to a very special species of seal known as the «monk seal» or Mediterranean sea lion. On the other hand, according to the residents of the area, the beach where these animals used to reside is the one that can be seen in the photo, specifically this is called La Calera beach, better known as La Concha. Imagine what a spectacle!
These animals were common in the Canary Islands, and this particular island was an important place for their preservation. However, due to overhunting and habitat destruction, the monk seal population began to decline dramatically in the Canary Islands, to the point of extinction in most areas. It is a pity that we can no longer meet these adorable animals on Lobos Island, but we can remember them through their name.
The refuge of other spectacular species
Despite the fact that the sea lions are no longer present, Lobos Island continues to be a magical place that attracts visitors from all over the world. Its spectacular landscapes, its rich biodiversity and its crystalline waters are a true delight for the senses.
Although the sea lions have disappeared, the island is a refuge for a wide variety of birds, making it an ideal place for lovers of observing these species. Specifically, some of the birds that can be seen during a visit to Isla de Lobos are the Cory’s Shearwater, the Lesser Shearwater, the Common Storm Storm or the Yellow-legged Gull, among others.
Also, it is a perfect destination for snorkeling enthusiasts. Therefore, if you like this activity, you will be delighted to discover it’s reefs and explore the marine life that inhabits the waters of this oasis. At the same time, its coast is full of fish and wonderful native marine species, making a dive is undoubtedly a unique experience.
We hope you enjoyed this little tour of Lobos Island and that it inspired you to visit it in person one day. Without a doubt, although sea lions can no longer be seen on this incredible islet, their spirit and their name have endured in the local tradition and in the history of this magical and unique place. For this reason, we invite you to explore this natural corner and enjoy its beauty, its history and all the diversity it offers.