Everett the Dolphin

The Story of Everett

Everett is a Hawaiian Spinner dolphin, animal #190 in the Pacific Whale Foundation’s spinner dolphin catalog. Everett was lovingly named by Kathleen McCaughey from New Mexico.

The scientific name for the Hawaiian spinner dolphin is Stenella longirostus, which means “long nose/rostrum” (longirostrus). Whereas humpback whales are identified by the ventral surfaces of their tail flukes, dolphins are identified from the left and right sides of their dorsal fins. Researchers compare these photos over time and note the shape of the trailing edge of the dorsal fin that can contain nicks and other permanent markings. This creates a unique identification profile used to catalog individual dolphins that allows researchers to track movement patterns, establish site fidelity, and determine association patterns between individual dolphins within a pod, or group of dolphins. The Pacific Whale Foundation spinner dolphin catalog contains over 290 individual dolphins from the last 16 years.

Everett is a meaningful individual within the catalog due to the time period of sightings. Everett was first sighted on August 10, 1999 in a pod of approximately 150 animals close to Manele Harbor in Lana’i. At this time, Everett was an adult as determined by the animal’s size. Everett was seen four days later in the general vicinity. What is remarkable is the third sighting of Everett by the research team of Pacific Whale Foundation on March 25, 2012 off of South Maui. Since this sighting is 13 years after the original sighting and because Everett was classified as an adult initially, the researchers estimate that Everett is at least 20 years old!

We are grateful for the generosity of Kathleen McCaughey for naming Everett and thank you for your support to Pacific Whale Foundation's ongoing wild dolphin research and hope you enjoyed learning about your dolphin.

Sightings of Everett