Fraser’s dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) in Saint Lucia

While in Saint Lucia, I took a boat trip to see whales and dolphins in the waters around the island.  I saw no whales, but a very large pod of Fraser’s dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) followed the boat and played in the wake.  It was a magnificent sight to see the dolphins leap out of the water as they swam.

Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris) - 1

Fraser’s dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) – 1

SOURCE:  Fraser’s dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) – 1 (Saint Lucia, Lesser Antilles); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 31 March 2011.

Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris) - 2

Fraser’s dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) – 2

SOURCE:  Fraser’s dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) – 2 (Saint Lucia, Lesser Antilles); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 31 March 2011.

Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris) - 3Fraser’s dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) – 3

SOURCE:  Fraser’s dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) – 3 (Saint Lucia, Lesser Antilles); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 31 March 2011.

Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris) - 4

Fraser’s dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) – 4

SOURCE:  Fraser’s dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) – 4 (Saint Lucia, Lesser Antilles); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 31 March 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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4 Responses to Fraser’s dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) in Saint Lucia

  1. I love marine life and these are some great pictures. Especially the first one with the water flying off the dorsal fin.

  2. Great shots Steve!

  3. Erwin Winter says:

    Hello Steve, These dolphins are no spinner dolphins, but Fraser’s dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei): especially the males have a broad dark stripe on the side, relatively small dorsals and short beaks and white-rose bellies, which can be clearly seen in especially the first photograph. Nice shots of a relatively unknown dolphin species!!

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