CCARO Cetacean Sighting Report Form
Please fill out the form below as completely as you can, but do not worry if there are questions you cannot answer. The accuracy of your information is much more important than the quantity and any information you
report, however little will help us to better understand and protect these animals.
Date and time of sighting
On what date did you see the whale/ dolphin?
When did you see the whale/ dolphin?
Between dawn and noon
Afternoon/evening (between noon and dark)
Night (between dusk and dawn)
Enter exact time below if possible
Location of sighting
Off what coast did you see the whale or dolphin?
Trinidad, North Coast
Trinidad, South Coast
Trinidad, East Coast
Trinidad, West Coast/ the Gulf of Paria
Tobago, North-west Coast
Tobago, South-east Coast
What is the name of the area in which you saw the whale/dolphin?
How far were you off the coast? An average is acceptable. Please state if you measured in feet or meters.
Please enter GPS coordinates here if you have any.
Number of whales/dolphins seen
How many whales /dolphins did you see?
Were there any mother and calf(young) pairs? The calf will swim near the mother.
I don't know
How many mother-calf pairs did you see?
Did all the animals in the group seem to be the same species (type)?
How many different types did you see in that group?
If there was more than one species (type), fill out information below for one species and use the other species box at the end of this section to input information on the other species.
Did the animal have a dorsal fin and if so where was it placed on the body?
Yes, halfway between the head and tail
Yes, closer to the head
Yes, closer to the tail
No dorsal fin
What did the head look like (see diagrams below)
I didn't see
If 'other' then describe here
Did the animal have 1 or 2 blowholes?
I didn't notice
How long was the largest animal (nose to tail)? An approximation is acceptable. Please include units of measurement (eg feet or meters)
Was the body a uniform colour or did it have spots, stripes or other patterns?
I didn't notice
Please describe the body colouration and pattern in the space below
Information on any other cetacean species.
Do you have photos, video footage or a sketch that you would not mind sharing with CCARO? (they will remain your property but be used for research and education purposes and of course we will let people know that we got them from you)
Please send all photos, videos or sketches to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at this email address to make other arrangements. Please enter your name and email address below to ensure that we can link this report with your photos etc.
What were the animals doing when you saw them?
Travelling (going in a particular direction and moving at a steady pace)
Resting (not moving very much, either resting on or near the water's surface or slowing milling around)
Feeding or hunting (seen chasing or eating fish/ other prey)
Socializing (a lot of body contact, or interaction between animals)
I'm not sure
Describe any other behaviours you saw
This information will allow us to contact you with any questions.
Contact email address
Contact phone number
You may enter any extra notes here
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