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 13: From 2nd to 8th of April 2018
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

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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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Dolphins & whale species recorded around Madeira in February 2018

February 2018 was a rainy month with very rough seas so there were not many whale-watching trips around Madeira.

Week 7: From 19th to 25th February 2018
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

Short-finned Pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus

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January 2018 whalewatching observations in Madeira

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Cetaceans observed during Christmas season in Madeira, 2017

December is the first month of winter and previous whalewatching records would not mention Bryde's whale and Atlantic spotted dolphin as a common species during this month. So it seems global weather is definitely changing, even under the sea! Meantime, Merry Christmas to all of you, whale watchers!

Week 52: From 25th to 31st December 2017
Short-finned Pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Rough-toothed dolphin Steno bredanensis
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

Rough-toothed dolphin Steno bredanensis

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Whale & dolphin watching in Madeira - November 2017

November is here but the cetaceans species observed are just about the same ones we have been watching in summer time. Just another reason to visit Madeira and join Wind Birds on a whalewatching trip!

Week 48: From 27th November to 3rd December 2017
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked Common dolphin Delphinus delphis

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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