Dolphin & whale watching around Madeira - July 2021

July, as a summer month and with sea temperature around Madeira above 22ºC, normally attracts several species of cetaceans. Although the wind was blowing stronger than usual in the first 2 weeks these are the species that were spotted around the island:

Week 29: From 19th to 25th July 2021
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

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Whale watching in Madeira, June 2021

Finally back to some normality after all these months of pandemic... The best thing to acknowledge is that the cetaceans world looks to be healthy and they are still visiting Madeira archipelago waters.

Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Week 25: From 21st to 27th June 2021
Killer whale Orcinus orca
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni

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Whale watching during Covid-19 times...

It has been some very difficult months for everyone as there was hardly any tourists arriving to Madeira since summer 2020 and so, with no observer effort we stopped reporting the cetacean species around the island. But things are opening up again and hopefully this summer we will be able to resume our whale and dolphin watching trips by June 2021.

So we will also resume our observations reports quite soon! We are sure the sea mammals are still out there, probably having a break from humans, but most probably they are also missing playing with our boats!

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Dolphin & whale watching around Madeira in August 2020

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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 35: From 27th July to 2nd August 2020
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
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
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba

Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

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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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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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