First report of a Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781) (Cetartiodactyla: Balaenopteridae) stranding in the Gulf of Venezuela

Espinoza-rodriguez, Ninive, and Barrios-Garrido, Hector (2021) First report of a Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781) (Cetartiodactyla: Balaenopteridae) stranding in the Gulf of Venezuela. Ecotropicos, 33. pp. 1-7.

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Abstract

On February 04th, 2009, we recorded a male humpback whale ( Megaptera novaeangliae ) in the Gulf of Venezuela. This animal was found stranded alive by a few neighboring fishermen and died minutes later in Kazuzain village (11°36'08.5” N - 71°55'42.7” W), located in Venezuelan portion of the Güajira Peninsula at Zulia state. The specimen was a sub-adult male, with total length of 10.5 m and width of 3.04 ± 0.27 m. This is the first record of this species in the Gulf of Venezuela. This study allows us contributing to insight of biology and ecology to marine mammals across Gulf of Venezuela, where details of large cetaceans remain somewhat opaque.

Item ID: 78825
Item Type: Article (Case Study)
ISSN: 1012-1692
Keywords: Caribbean sea, cetaceans, indigenous communities, marine mammals, strandings
Copyright Information: Copyright (c) 2021 Ninive Espinoza-Rodriguez, Hector Barrios-Garrido. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license . All documents published in this journal are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2023 01:21
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 40%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 60%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180504 Marine biodiversity @ 100%
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