What whale species do we see?
There are many whale species in Madeira, although they are not as frequently observed as the pods of dolphins. The most frequently encountered whale species in Madeira are; the Sperm whale, Bryde’s whale and Blainville’s Beaked whale. Research is still ongoing to determine if any of the whales we observe are actually residents of the islands of Madeira or more likely they transit throughout the Macaronesian peninsula (Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde). Sperm whales can be seen throughout the year with the highest seasonal abundance in the fall months. Some baleen whales, like the Fin, Sei and Bryde’s whales can be considered seasonal visitors. Fin whales are most abundant in the spring months of March and both Sei and Bryde’s whales are most common during summer. Blues, Humpbacks and Minke whales are all infrequently seen just a few times per season with no discernible patters. In our oceanic paradise every tour is a unique opportunity to witness amazing species on whales as they arrive around the island of Madeira.