AMAZING WHALE, DOLPHIN & MANATEE PHOTOS FROM ABACO
The BMMRO (Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation) had a great June for sightings of cetaceans and sirenians. Here is a sample of their wonderful photos from recent research expeditions (with thanks as ever for use permission).
RANDY THE WEST INDIAN MANATEE
After the recent excitement of Abaco’s manatee GEORGIE having returned to Cherokee after another of her epic journeys, another West Indian manatee has arrived at Sandy Point (conveniently the location of the BMMRO HQ). Sirenians and cetaceans are generally recognised from particular patterns to flukes or fins. The second image shows the notch in Randy’s tail that confirms ID.
TWO COMPLETE FLUKES (THIS IMAGE & HEADER)
(note minor damage to the edges, from which ID of an individual can be made)
SPERM WHALE & DIVER
Compare the diver’s fins in the foreground with the (partial) length of a huge sperm whale…
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Everyone of these photos is a work of art–really great, RH.
My next plan, Jet, is to go out in the BMMRO research boat – next March, I hope – and see these pictures ‘live’ as it were. I’ve seen dolphins round Abaco, but never whales… RH