Meet the local species of cetaceans ! 

Madeira Islands is home to a very diverse population of cetaceans. Some species live on site, others join our coasts as part of the migration process. We have gathered here the most frequently sighted ones .

Join us to meet them !

On-Tales-Fin-Whale

Fin whale

This is the second largest mammal alive just after the Blue whale.  Fin whales can reach up to 20 meters long !  Although it is possible to observe them all year round, we tend to see them more often during… Read more »

On-Tales-Cuvier's-Beaked-whale

Cuvier’s beaked whale

These are shy and peaceful whales. Cuvier’s beaked whales spend most of their time under water. They are relatively small although they can reach 6 metres. Long and slim, the color of their body can be from dark grey to… Read more »

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

Atlantic Spotted dolphin

This is a very playful dolphin! He is mostly seen in Madeira in the springtime and summertime, and more often than not, in large groups! Usually very active and acrobatic, he likes to swim alongside our yacht! These dolphins present… Read more »

Short-beaked Common Dolphin

Short-beaked Common Dolphin

These sweet dolphins can be almost 2 meters long!  We meet them mostly in springtime and wintertime. A few characteristics do distinguish them from other species. They are yellow on the sides with a dark V-shaped back, a white belly,… Read more »

Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphins are fantastic creatures and their jumps are spectacular !  This species visits us all year round!  Their skin colour can vary from light grey to dark grey all over their body and they can be up to 3… Read more »

Short-finned pilot whale

Pilot Whales are quite fond of temperate seas like the ones of Madeira Island !  Typically their body is dark grey to black but with a lighter area near the dorsal fin. Their head is distinctive and round, with a… Read more »

Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale

We can see these amazing animals around Madeira all year round.  Sperm whales use our warm and calm sea to dive and eat, socialise and procreate.  Adult subjects can be up to 17 to 20 meters long!  Usually, we use… Read more »

Blainville's Beaked Whale

Blainville’s beaked whale

We mainly meet them in the summertime, although observation is rare when compared to other species. Usually, they feel safer deeper, especially when boats are around.  Relatively small, only about 4,5 meters long. Long and slim, the colour of the… Read more »

Loggerhead sea turtle

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

These lovely animals are marine reptiles. When they reach Madeira Island, we know that they have crossed the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of the American continent. They were born either in Florida or on the coast of Mexico. They… Read more »

Cory’s Shearwater

Cory’s Shearwater

The Cory’s Shearwater is a constantly migrating seabird that use Madeira Islands for breeding and nesting. Colonies arrive in March, the offspring are born in May and they usually leave in October. Their body is elegant, spindle-shaped and long winged.… Read more »