Our company has been around for a while and are aware of the responsibility that comes with whale-watching. Apart from taking the greatest care when we are with the animals out at sea, our team also does its best to support any initiative that may serve to further protect cetaceans around Madeira in future as well as enhance the overall sustainability of our industry.
Our team had the pleasure of welcoming World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) representative and Whale Heritage Site (WHS) manager Elizabeth Cuevas on board today, who has come to Madeira to help the site get certified and promote the conservation of cetacean populations around the island. While we didn’t have a repeat of the lovely Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) sighting from this mornings tour, we did enjoy yet another lovely Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) encounter where many animals lifted their heads to take a closer look at their admirers. While our team makes sure to be vigilant during our encounters with all forms of marine life, we take particular care with species with a close relationship to Madeira as a habitat such as these dolphins.
We allowed our guests to let the wonderful moments with the animals sink in during a little ride along the picturesque coastline of the island. We honestly believe that Madeira deserves this accreditation as a WHS but also that the archipelago has the potential to do so much better. We sure are proud of our little island and thrilled that the WCA also recognises its potential.
For more information on the WHS initiative visit the following link.
By Paula Thake
Sightings of the day
09:30 Bottlenose dolphins, Short-finned pilots whales
13:30 Bottlenose dolphins