Whales & dolphins visiting Madeira in August 2017

August started very windy, specially on the tips of the island and at the airport where a lot of flights could not land and were diverged to other airports. Luckily cetaceans are underwater and so the wind does not affect them much! However it does affect the whale-watching trips and the chances to spot sea mammals on such difficult sea conditions...

Week 32: From 14th to 20th of August 2017
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Short-beaked Common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris

Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni

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Whalewatching sightings in Madeira, July 2017

July is being marked by the sightings of Bryde's whales which are finally closer to the coast of Madeira and being observed more regularly! An adult and a calf have been around the East side of Madeira on the last couple of weeks.

Week 29: From 24th to the 30th of July 2017
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Short-beaked Common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni

Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni

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Cetaceans around Madeira, June 2017

June is normally one of the best months for whale and dolphin watching off Madeira as the ocean tends to be calmer and as the sea water temperature raises we get more cetacean species passing by. So lets see what June has reserved for us!

Week 25: From 26th of June to the 2nd of July 2017
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

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Dolphinwatching & whalewatching, Madeira, May 2017

May started with some rough seas from the West quadrant which makes it more difficult to spot whales or dolphins but in the calmer days we could still observe some species:

Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus

Week 20: From 22nd to 28th of May 2017
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Risso's dolphin Grampus griseus
Short-beaked Common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

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Sea mammals around Madeira, April 2017

April can already be considered a good month for whale & dolphin watching, as long as the sea conditions are good... So let's see what this Easter month has to offer us:

Short beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

Week 16: From 24th to 30th of April 2017
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked Common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba

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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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