Report of the cetacean sighting survey in the Northwestern Africa coastal waters of COMHAFAT zone (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia) (February/March 2018) cruise report
Diallo S.T. and I.L. Bamy
International Whaling Commission
The 3rd cetacean sighting survey in the coastal waters of the Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, has been carried out from March 6thto 12th, 2018 with N/O GENERAL LANSANA CONTE. It was carried out by the Centre National des Sciences Halieutiques de Boussoura (CNSHB) under the auspices of COMHAFAT, with the collaboration of some African fishery institutions and fisheries research centers such as the University of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire, the IMROP of Nouadhibou in Mauritania. During this survey 558.1 nautical miles (nm) of line transects were covered, 19 schools 8 species for a total of 524 cetacean species were sighted. Precisely in terms of schools and animals sighted, there were: 204animals of 8 schools of Bottlenose dolphin, 2 schools of 5 animals of Bryde’s whale, 2 schools of 85 animals of Short-finned pilot whale, 1 school of 5 animals of Pantropical spotted dolphin, 3 schools of 34 animals of Atlantic spotted dolphin, 1 school of 1 animal of unidentified Baleen, 1 school of 40 animals of unidentified dolphins, 1 school of 150 animals of Spinner dolphin.