Southern Portugal Species
Portuguese waters are rich in marine biodiversity – with over 25 recorded species of cetaceans, more than 40 species of sharks, 3 species of sea turtles, and several species of marine birds. Despite the existing diversity, the distribution and habits of these species, particularly those that inhabit the South of Portugal, are poorly known. Top predators such as cetaceans and sharks play an important role in their ecosystems, and are indicators of the health of our oceans.
Dolphins & porpoises
In the southern coast of Portugal, dolphins are the most frequently sighted cetaceans. Seven species of dolphins and one species of porpoise have been recorded in the area. To learn more about the most commonly sighted species, click on the images below
In the southern coast of Portugal, whales are occasional or rarely sighted, but six species have been recorded in the area. To learn more about the most commonly sighted species, click on the images below
Over 40 species of sharks have been recorded in Portugal, however, in the southern coast of Portugal, blue sharks and smooth hammerhead sharks are the most frequently sighted species close to the surface. To learn more about these species, click on the images below
There are only 7 species of sea turtles in the world. In the south of Portugal, 3 different species have been observed. To learn more about them click the images below
Several families of marine birds can be observed in Algarve, Portugal. To learn more about some of the species you might observe, click the images below
Find out more about the marine megafauna in Portugal with the official AIMM Species Guide.
The Species Guide is a digital guide in English where you’ll find various information about the marine species that occur in mainland Portugal. You’ll find biological information, behavior, conservation status and much more!