Whale-watching in Madeira in June 2019

June, a summer month which normally brings baleen whales close to Madeira coasts and good temperatures, both air and sea, so nothing better than joining a whale-watching trip while visiting this island!

Week 23: From 3rd to 9th of June 2019
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

Atlantic Spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

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Dolphin & whale watching in May 2019 around Madeira

May is the start of high season for cetacean species visiting or passing by Madeira waters. This year air temperatures are quite high for this time of year which make the whale watching trips even more enjoyable!

Week 22: From 27th of May to 2nd of June 2019
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

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Whale watching in Madeira during April 2019

It is already April but it started as winter instead of spring with heavy rain and strong winds... This may have influenced the cetaceans and also the seabirds by Madeira coasts as there has been less numbers of seabirds and sea mammals around... Anyway, it has been a bit more difficult but we still find them:

Week 17: From 22nd to 28th of April 2019
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

Week 16: From 15th to 21st of April 2019
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

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Marine mammals around Madeira archipelago in March 2019

It’s already that month when Spring starts though this winter in Madeira has been quite mild… As spring starts more species of whales visit the waters around Madeira.

Week 13:   From 25th to 31st of March 2019
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Week 12:   From 18th to 24th of March 2019
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

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Whale watching around Madeira deep waters in February 2019

February was warmer than usual and although that is a bad sign of global warming, everyone was happy with the sunny and warm days, even some baleen whales came around!

Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus

Week 9:   From 25th February to 3rd March 2019
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

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Whale Watching in Madeira

This website is developed by Wind Birds' company as a contribute to the knowledge and conservation of whales and dolphins species around the Madeira archipelago and to promote whale watching in a sustainable way.

Bryde's whales and Cory's shearwaters

One can not write about whale watching without mentioning whaling as that was how it all started... So we begin by framing historically the whaling industry in Madeira archipelago and the use of its products.
In Madeira, whale watching as a recreational activity started mainly after the end of whaling, when chances to observe whales or dolphins increased for the boats operating coastal or big game fishing trips. By then whale watching was randomly done when by luck a group of cetaceans crossed the course of those trips and the passengers had the chance to observe them. As a dedicated commercial and tourist activity, with companies promoting and running sea trips devoted to the observation of whales and dolphins only started in 2004. From then on the growth of whale watching had an average growth of one new boat operating per year.

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