The applicant Whale Heritage Site includes the southern coast of the island of Sao Nicolau (Republic of Cape Verde, extending 10 nautical miles offshore from Tarrafal on the west side and from Preguiza on the east site, respectively). Total area is ca. 670 square kilometres.
So far, six species of cetacean have been sighted: Killer Whale, Short-finned Pilot Whale, Melon-headed Whale, Bottlenose Dolphin, Fraser’s Dolphin, and Atlantic Spotted Dolphin. Two species have been acoustically detected: Sperm Whale and Humpback Whale.