An Encounter with a Large School of Dolphins off the Coast of Charlotteville, Trinidad and Tobago

Amy E. Deacon, Alësha Naranjit, Edward Frazer Higgins


The  waters  surrounding  Trinidad  and  Tobago  are known to be used by at least 19 species of cetacean, in- cluding 14 species of dolphin (Cetacean  Conservation and Research Organization [CCARO], online). Very little information is known about the  distribution, abundance or habitat use of cetaceans around either island, especial- ly Tobago.  Here, we describe the first recorded sighting of Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) off  the coast of Tobago, and the largest group containing this species recorded for either island.

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