Whale & dolphin watching around Madeira, October 2019

October is when the sea water is warmer around Madeira islands and that should attract some sea mammals closer to the archipelago, so let's see what October will bring to the whalewatchers in Madeira:

Week 41: From 7th to 13th of October 2019
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus

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Madeira whales & dolphins, September 2019

September is usually a very good month for whalewatching as sea temperatures are warm which attract a few species to pass by Madeira archipelago.

Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

Week 39: From 23rd to 29th of September 2019
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

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August 2019 whale watching observations around Madeira

Summer months are the best months for whale watching around Madeira although this year so far has been a bit weak on sightings of baleen whales. Let's see if the warmer temperatures of August will bring us some more species of cetaceans visiting Madeira ocean.

Week 35: From 26th of August to 1st of September 2019
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Rough-toothed dolphin Steno bredanensis
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

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July sightings of whales and dolphins around Madeira

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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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