Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

The majestic Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrates through the waters of the Dutch Caribbean Islands during the winter months (typically January to April). Caribbean populations of Humpback Whales follow the same migration route every year: they feed in the...
Short-Beaked Common Dolphin

Short-Beaked Common Dolphin

The Short-beaked Common Dolphin has a small, slender body with a tall pointy dorsal fin in the middle of the back, a rounded melon and a longish beak. The dark brown-grey cape on its back creates a V shape below the dorsal fin on both sides. Its flanks are yellow on...
Long Snouted Spinner Dolphin

Long Snouted Spinner Dolphin

Spinner dolphins get their common name from their habit of jumping out of the water and spinning several times in the air before re-entering the water. Scientists are unsure of the reason for this behavior; theories include removing parasites, communicating with other...
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin

Pantropical Spotted Dolphin

Pantropical Spotted Dolphins are very acrobatic and often ride the bow waves of boats. In the eastern Pacific, they are known to not only associate with other dolphins, but also with tuna; fishermen use the dolphins to help locate and catch tuna. While most dolphin...
Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

The Bottlenose Dolphin, a large dolphin with an elongated snout that resembles a bottle, is St. Maarten’s most common dolphin species. A 2011 census found that the Bottlenose Dolphin is the second most common marine mammal after the Humpback Whale (Megaptera...