First records of Fraser’s Dolphin Lagenodelphis hosei for the Cape Verde Islands

Torda, Gergely, Suárez, Pedro López, and Jurado, Luís Felipe López (2010) First records of Fraser’s Dolphin Lagenodelphis hosei for the Cape Verde Islands. Zoologia Caboverdiana, 1 (1). pp. 71-73.

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Abstract

[Extract] On 31 August 2003, at 11:40 local time, c. 5 nm southwest of São Nicolau (16º33.1N, 024º27.7W), Cape Verde Islands, GT and PLS observed c. 20 Fraser’s Dolphins Lagenodelphis hosei Fraser, 1956 (Fig.1). The sighting was made under excellent weather conditions (sea state Beaufort 2 with sun) from the 39.6 m diesel engine powered oceanographic research vessel Taliarte during a two week cetacean survey conducted as part of the Hydrocarpo project. The animals were c. 2.5 m in length, with a short beak, robust body, small dorsal and pectoral fins and showed the characteristic longitudinal striping (cf. Jefferson et al. 1993, Carwardine 1995). The dolphins were travelling eastwards, but when the vessel changed direction in order to get closer to the animals, they changed course as well and accompanied the ship while bow-riding. During the c. 15 minutes of their presence, several juveniles were observed.

Item ID: 16949
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
Keywords: Delphinidae, Lagenodelphis, Cape Verde Islands, distribution
ISSN: 2074-5737
Date Deposited: 15 May 2011 13:03
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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