First record of the pygmy killer whale (Feresa attenuata) in Trinidad and Tobago waters


  • Alësha Rachel Naranjit Cetacean Conservation and Research Organization
  • Howard P. Nelson University of Chester
  • Angela P. Ramsey Department of Natural Resources and the Environment



Pygmy Killer Whale, Stranding, Feresa attenuata, Trinidad and Tobago, first record, Caribbean


On 19 September 2011, a single pygmy killer whale (Feresa attenuata) was found at Hope Beach in Tobago. As it appeared to be struggling to swim it was examined, found to be a healthy, female (possibly adult) and was successfully released into deeper water. The report of this encounter documents the first record of Feresa attenuata in the waters around Trinidad and Tobago, in the southern Caribbean.


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