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Sightings
Although there have been no formal scientific research surveys conducted through Haiti Ocean  Project to assess marine mammals that exist in Haiti waters to date, we have preliminary sightings  data that suggest a variety of species of whales and dolphins reside in the waters off the coast of  Haiti.  Three field surveys conducted to date in the Gulf of Gonave, Haiti, have documented the  presence of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) and dwarf sperm whales (Kogia simus), as well as  three species of dolphins: bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus), pantropical spotted (Stenella attenuata),  and short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhyncus).  A female humpback whale (Megaptera  novaeangliae) tagged in the Marine Mammal Sanctuary of the Dominican Republic was observed to  travel west into Haitian waters, the first record of this species there.  This proof is based on sightings from the authors who live in, and travel to, Haiti on a regular basis  and from fishermen and boaters in  Haitian waters. We are hopeful that  these preliminary sightings data will  inspire graduate students and other  researchers to travel to our project  location to conduct more formal  research while supporting a marine  discovery center, whale and dolphin  watching, educational outreach and  other Haiti Ocean Project elements  underway. Informal field surveys were  conducted on:  February 2009, June  2009, June 2010,  September 2010,  December 2010 and March 2011. 
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