In French Polynesia, the emerged lands represent only 1% of the surface of the country ... Around the 121 identified islands extends an immense oceanic domain, rich in fauna and well preserved, which attracts many marine mammals, easily observable in their environment. natural. The different archipelagos of French Polynesia offer a variety of natural settings where all the diversity of cetacean populations finds expression: more than 12 species of dolphins evolve in our waters, including the long-beaked dolphin, common in the Archipelago of the Society, the spotted dolphin, running in the Marquesas, and the bottlenose dolphin, abundant in the Tuamotus and the Marquesas.
Other giants of the seas cross in the tropical waters of Polynesia, such as humpback whales or megaptera, which return each year from July to October, sperm whales, beaked whales or even orcas, which meet offshore. Whales and dolphins benefit in Polynesia from a still remarkably preserved habitat where anthropogenic pressure remains low, which makes it a rich field of research for scientific studies on cetaceans.
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