June 2018 whalewatching observations around Madeira

Finally warmer weather arrived to Madeira and with it the cetacean species we normally watch on summer months!

Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni and Cory's shearwaters Calonectris borealis

Week 25: From 25th of June to 1st of July 2018
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba

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Whalewatching in Madeira, May 2018

Strange weather for May! It was supposed to be spring time already but it snowed on the highest peaks of Madeira on the 1st day of May! While in continental Europe temperatures have been quite high, resembling summer already, in Madeira we are still with an average of 18ºC, same air temperature as sea water...

Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Week 21: From 28th of May to 3rd of June 2018
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

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Dolphins and whales around Madeira in April 2018

Spring has started and with it we get more cetacean species passing by Madeira ocean. Although we get good sightings all year around we may say that the whale watching season is starting now as baleen whales are more commonly spotted from April to October.

Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Week 15: From 16th to 22nd of April 2018
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

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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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