Whale watching trip reports around Madeira, August 2018

Sea temperatures are now around 24ºC which makes one desire to be a dolphin or a whale and spend lots of time at the ocean, specially when air temperatures have been so high. But that is exactly what attracts cetaceans to the waters around Madeira archipelago!

Week 31: From 6th to 12th August 2018
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

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Whale watching around Madeira in July 2018

In the ocean around Madeira summer months are the best for watching cetaceans and also for swimming with dolphins as the sea water temperature is above 21ºC. It also attracts whales and dolphins to give birth and/or feed their calves around here, so it is common to see family groups of these marine mammals.

Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Week 29: From 23rd to 29th of July 2018
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Risso's dolphin Grampus griseus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

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June 2018 whalewatching observations around Madeira

Finally warmer weather arrived to Madeira and with it the cetacean species we normally watch on summer months!

Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni and Cory's shearwaters Calonectris borealis

Week 25: From 25th of June to 1st of July 2018
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba

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Whalewatching in Madeira, May 2018

Strange weather for May! It was supposed to be spring time already but it snowed on the highest peaks of Madeira on the 1st day of May! While in continental Europe temperatures have been quite high, resembling summer already, in Madeira we are still with an average of 18ºC, same air temperature as sea water...

Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Week 21: From 28th of May to 3rd of June 2018
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

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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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