Dolphins and whales around Madeira in April 2018

Spring has started and with it we get more cetacean species passing by Madeira ocean. Although we get good sightings all year around we may say that the whale watching season is starting now as baleen whales are more commonly spotted from April to October.

Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Week 15: From 16th to 22nd of April 2018
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

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March 2018 - observations of dolphins and whales around Madeira

March should bring us Spring but the 1st week was really stormy with strong winds, lots of rain and big waves! Let's hope for better weather and a calmer ocean to go back and enjoy the rides!

Week 12: From 26th March to 1st April 2018
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

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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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