Growing knowledge of cetacean fauna in the Emirate of Fujairah UAE. Tribulus 26(2018):32-41.
R. Baldwin, A. Willson, E. Looker and B. BuzÃƒÂ¡s
Most records of cetaceans in the UAE come from relatively few studies in Arabian Gulf waters. However, recent study off the coast of Fujairah has revealed a rich diversity of cetaceans with 11 or more species now known to occur in the emirate. Among them are three new records for the UAE, spotted, striped and rough-toothed dolphins, as well as infrequently recorded large whales such as sperm, BrydeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and blue whales. Most species are primarily distributed in offshore waters over 500m deep, though some species, such as the Indo-Pacific common dolphin also regularly occur closer to shore, including within the Port of Fujairah anchorage area. On-going research aims to investigate the population size, status and structure of cetaceans in waters off Fujairah using a variety of line transect, photographic, genetic and acoustic research techniques.