Madeira Island has about 29 species of cetaceans and they offer cetacean watching boat trips that adhere to particular rules. Madeira has a history of whaling that is now in the past. On the Island there is a whale museum with a focus on education, where you are able to learn about the Madeira whale story from times of hunting until the present days. An effort is going on to protect all of the species that are found around Madeira Island.
Madeira's relationship with cetaceans
The area is important for Sperm Whales, Humpback whales, Bryde’s Whales, Sei Whales, Fin Whales, Pilot Whale, Comum dolphin, Bottlenose dolphin, Atlantic spotted dolphin, striped dolphin.
Motivation to become a WHS
Being a Whale Heritage Site will be good for Madeira Island to help promote the species and to give people further knowledge about whale watching and the importance of protecting and conserving animals.