May 2024 whale & dolphin watching around Madeira

By May the sea temperature starts to rise which attracts more whale and dolphin species to the waters around Madeira archipelago. This year Madeira ocean and coasts are being 'invaded' by Sargassum, a brown seaweed which is more common in tropical waters but also reaches subtropical waters though its annual blooms are increasing rapidly in the Atlantic. So whalewatching becomes a bit more difficult due to the large spots of Sargassum at sea.

Week 20: From the 20th to the 26th of May 2024
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Risso's dolphin Grampus griseus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Killer whale Orcinus orca

Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

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2024 April's whale & dolphin watching sightings around Madeira

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Whale watching records for Madeira, March 2024

March is synonym of Spring though with all the climate changes around the world the weather has been quite erratic... Here are the species of marina mammals observed around Madeira during this month:

Week 13: From the 25th to the 31st of March2024
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Too bad sea conditions for whalewatching trips around Madeira

Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus

Week 12: From the 18th to the 24th of March2024
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
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

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February 2024 - whales & dolphins' observations around Madeira

Though winter is not the best season for whales and dolphins around Madeira, as long as the ocean conditions allow it, we still get quite good observations:

Week 9: From the 26th of February to the 3rd of March2024
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

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January 2024, whale & dolphin watching reports

Happy New Year! Another year goes by as well as some species of dolphins & whales that visit Madeira archipelago waters in the winter...

Week 4: From the 22nd to the 28th of January 2024
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus

Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

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Cetaceans visiting Madeira, December 2023

As the sea temperature remains a bit warmer than usual, Christmas' whale watching reports are a bit more diversified in terms of whales and dolphins species than past years!

Week 52: From the 25th to the 31st of December 2023
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris

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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