May 2022 - dolphin watching around Madeira

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Whale watching in Madeira - April 2022

We may consider April as the starting season for whales and dolphins in Madeira as it is from now until October that more species pass by this archipelago.

Week 17: From 25th of April to 1st of May 2022
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
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus

Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

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Madeira Whale watching - Spring 2022 visitors to Madeira waters

Spring is arriving and we sure hope nature will follow its path and more species of cetaceans start to pass by Madeira!

Week 13: From 28th March to 3rd of April 2022
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
Sei whale Balaenoptera borealis
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Atlantic Spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba

Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

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February 2022 - whale & dolphin sightings around Madeira

February is another winter month in Madeira which brings us cooler temperatures both air and sea water and windy days which are not the best ocean conditions to look out for whales and dolphins!

Week 8: From 21st to 27th February 2022
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Atlantic Spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba

Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus

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2022 New Year's whales and dolphins visiting Madeira

New Year, new hope, new accomplishments! Let's hope the world be more united in the conservation of the oceans and its habitants! January being a winter month means less observations as the sea conditions get harder to watch for the sea mammals and the sea waters are cooler which do not attract many cetaceans...

Week 4: From 24th to 30th of January 2022
Atlantic Spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus

Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

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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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