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, September 2018

September is normally a very good month for whale watching. Sea temperature is between 23º and 24ºC and it is the start of a migration season so normally we get some cetacean species passing by Madeira waters.

Week 38: From 24th to 30th September 2018
Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris
False Killer whale Pseudorca crassidens
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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Whale watching trip reports around Madeira, August 2018

Sea temperatures are now around 24ºC which makes one desire to be a dolphin or a whale and spend lots of time at the ocean, specially when air temperatures have been so high. But that is exactly what attracts cetaceans to the waters around Madeira archipelago!

Week 34: From 27th August to 2nd September 2018
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
Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris
Cuvier's beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

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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