COLE BAY: The three-month whale and dolphin research expedition Ti Whale An Nou started May 15, and the objective is to register the number of whales, specifically sperm whales, and the routes they take in the Caribbean.
The results will be used to determine what is needed to protect these large mammals. This expedition is coordinated by the Caribbean Cetacean Society and is possible thanks to the partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature Netherlands (WWF-NL) and the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA).
The name of the research project Ti Whale An Nou is a mixture of French Creole and English and it means ‘our little whales’. In the Caribbean, 33 out of the 90 known species of whales have been documented, which is more than a third of the world’s total diversity.
The research can make an important contribution to a better understanding of the population size and distribution of whales. Similar research has been conducted in previous years. The difference with this expedition is that the research area is extended and includes the region from Saba to Anguilla.
Mammal presence and absence will be monitored in the Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark
Sanctuary, around Saba, Saba Bank, St. Maarten and St. Eustatius.