Fin whales are the second largest whale species and often see during the spring season in Madeira.

Fin Whale

Balaenoptera physalus

The Fin whale is a seasonal visitor to Madeira that is most commonly observed during spring (March is usually the best month). Throughout the rest of the Madeira whale watching season they can be observed, but not with any predictability. They are the second largest of all baleen whales behind only the magnificent Blue whale. They are known as the ‘greyhounds of the sea’ as they can maintain speeds over 40 km/hr for long distances. In Madeira we typically see individual whales and sometimes we see mothers with calves.

Fin whales are the second largest baleen whale species and seen typically during March in Madeira.

Species Information

Fin whales are frequently observed during March on Madeira dolphin and whale watching tours.
  • Length: as much as 23 meters

  • Weight: up to 70,000 kg

  • Lifespan: over 90 years

  • Diet: krill and small schooling fish