Qualifying Species and Criteria
Melon-headed whale – Peponocephala electra
Criterion B (2); D (1)
Melon-headed whales (Peponocephala electra) around Palmyra Atoll in the Central Pacific Ocean display an unusual, distinct, daily activity pattern of nearshore habitat use similar to the regular daily cycles of inshore resting and socializing shown by spinner dolphins. The IMMA includes the nearshore waters of the atoll along the north and south coasts which are important for the resting and socializing of the Melon-headed whale aggregations.