Blainville’s Beaked whales are the most widely spread mesoplodont species of beaked whale found in temperate and tropical oceans. They are more often seen during the summer and fall months on Madeira whale watching tours. These beaked whales are another deep diving species that searches for its prey in the dark ocean depths. As Madeira has deep ocean depths close to shore, we often encounter them just 2-3 km from the coast.
They are sexually dimorphic as the females and males, in their adult form, are different. Females are larger and males have two erupted teeth that are often encrusted with goose barnacles – which can assist in determining sex when observing the Blainville’s Beaked whales. They are often seen here in Madeira in family groups which consist of one adult male, several females and calves.