Marine mammals around Madeira archipelago in March 2019

It’s already that month when Spring starts though this winter in Madeira has been quite mild… As spring starts more species of whales visit the waters around Madeira.

Week 11:  From 11th to 17th of March 2019
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

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Whale watching around Madeira deep waters in February 2019

February was warmer than usual and although that is a bad sign of global warming, everyone was happy with the sunny and warm days, even some baleen whales came around!

Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus

Week 9:   From 25th February to 3rd March 2019
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

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Cetaceans around Madeira during January 2019

January is not the best month for whales around Madeira but the island is so pleasant that even in the winter we still get a few sea mammals passing by.

Week 5:   From 28th January to 3rd February 2019
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

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Cetaceans around Madeira for Christmas holidays 2018

The first week of December was the warmest of the last 50 Decembers and throughout the month temperature did not go below 16ºC for air temperature and 19ºC at sea. Inviting conditions for both people and cetaceans to spend Christmas and New Year in Madeira! Happy holidays!

Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

Week 51: From 24th to 30th of December 2018
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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Whale and dolphin watching in Madeira, November 2018

November started with some windy days and rough sea which are not the optimal conditions to find cetaceans. Anyway, there are always some dolphins or whales species around Madeira, we just need to be lucky enough to find them!

Week 47: From 26th of November to 2nd December 2018
Sei whale Balaenoptera borealis
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba

Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

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October 2018 - whale & dolphin sightings around Madeira

October is still a warm month regarding sea temperatures and is also a very good month for whalewatching as many cetacean species are migrating and some of them pass close to Madeira archipelago.

Week 42: From 22nd to 28th October 2018
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus

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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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