Whalewatching in Madeira, February 2017

Winter is always more difficult to spot whales or dolphins as the sea is not so calm, visibility is not the best and sometimes trips have to be cancelled or postponed due to bad weather and sea conditions... This year February has been a bit like that, with some rough sea conditions and some rainy days.

Week 8: From 20th to 26th February 2017
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked Common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Atlantic Spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

Short-beaked Common dolphin Delphinus delphis

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Cetaceans around Madeira during January 2017

January is one of the coldest months in Madeira with sea water temperature varying between 18º and 20ºC though it is still warm enough to attract the following species of cetaceans to Madeira archipelago waters:

Short-finned Pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus

Week 4: From 23rd to 29th of January 2017
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Short-beaked Common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Atlantic Spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

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Whale & dolphin watching in December 2016, Madeira Island

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Whales & dolphins spotted around Madeira in November 2016

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Marine mammals observed around Madeira, October 2016

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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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