Cetaceans around Madeira for festive season, December 2019

December is not an easy month for whale and dolphin watching trips, not only sue to sea conditions but also because it is the lowest tourist season in Madeira, except for the last week, between Christmas and New Year! Anyway, there is always someone visiting Madeira...

Week 52: From 23rd to 29th December 2019
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis

Week 51: From 16th to 22nd December 2019
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
And a lot of rain this week!

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Whalewatching around Madeira, November 2019

We might consider November the start of the winter season as weather and sea conditions are normally not so favourable for sea trips and consequently, to spot whales or dolphins at the ocean. But there are always some species around:

Week 48: From 25th November to 1st December 2019
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
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus

Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

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Whale & dolphin watching around Madeira, October 2019

October is when the sea water is warmer around Madeira islands and that should attract some sea mammals closer to the archipelago, so let's see what October will bring to the whalewatchers in Madeira:

Week 44: From 28th of October to 3rd November 2019
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris

Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus

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Madeira whales & dolphins, September 2019

September is usually a very good month for whalewatching as sea temperatures are warm which attract a few species to pass by Madeira archipelago.

Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

Week 39: From 23rd to 29th of September 2019
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Common Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
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.

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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