Whalewatching in Madeira, July 2020

Madeira is slowly resuming its tourism and the whale watching trips are running though still with a small demand as not many tourists are willing to fly in these pandemic times... Fortunately in what regards to cetacean species the offer is still quite attractive!

Week 34: From 20th to 26th July 2020
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

Week 33: From 13th to 19th July 2020
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Rough-toothed dolphin Steno bredanensis
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni

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Whale & dolphin watching in quarantine... Mar, Apr, Mai, Jun 2020

The last 4 moths have been quite boring for the cetaceans around Madeira as they had no boats to play with. But they were not the only ones bored with all this SARS-Cov-2 situation. Even looking out from land was not as successful as when we are running the whale watching trips! During this confinement period the only species observed from land on the southeast of Madeira were:

Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

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Whalewatching around Madeira in February 2020

February started as a spring month and not as winter, with warmer temperatures than normally. Although winter is not the best season for whale and dolphin watching, these warmer temperatures may attract some not so common visitant species to the archipelago.

Week 8: From 17th to 23rd February 2020
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

Week 7: From 10th to 16th February 2020
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

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Cetaceans visiting Madeira in January 2020

Happy New Year! And hopefully it will be happy in terms of marine wildlife visiting Madeira, although climate change may play a big role on it... It has been a weird winter with dramatic changes in temperature from one week to another but fortunately sea water temperature does not change so quickly as that! So let's see which cetaceans species will pass by during this 1st month of the year:

Week 5: From 27th January to 2nd February 2020
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris
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 for festive season, December 2019

December is not an easy month for whale and dolphin watching trips, not only sue to sea conditions but also because it is the lowest tourist season in Madeira, except for the last week, between Christmas and New Year! Anyway, there is always someone visiting Madeira...

Week 52: From 23rd to 29th December 2019
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

Week 51: From 16th to 22nd December 2019
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
And a lot of rain this week!

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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.

26 species of cetaceans are confirmed records for Madeira archipelago waters and three species remain as dubious records as there are not enough evidence to allow a definite identification of the species.

Bryde's whale 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 whale watching had an average growth of one new boat operating per year.

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