Dolphin Record

Peter R. Bacon


The skull and two vertebrae of the Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 18 21) were found on the beach at La Fillette, north coast of Trinidad, on the 5th August 1974. The were identified by Dr. P. J. H. van Bree of the Zoological Museum, Amsterdam, who states that the animal was an old (viz. loss of teeth from the mandibles and filled in alveoli) but not very large. Although the occurrence of T. truncatus is to be expected in the coastal waters of Trinidad, the skull is the first proof of its occurrence here.

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