[MARMAM] Hooded seals in the Caribbean...Again

Dr. Antonio Mignucci-Giannoni mignucci at caribe.net
Wed Sep 28 20:04:52 PDT 2005


Hi to all,

We are in the process of rescuing a hooded seal (Cystophora cristata) which
stranded on 28 Sep 2005 in the Lesser Antillean island of Antigua in the
northeastern Caribbean. The seal is a blue-pelt juvenile. This is the second
seal found in Antigua (one in 2001), and the eleventh recorded in the
Caribbean since 1992 (two in Puerto Rico, one in the Virgin Islands, one in
Bermuda, two in Bahamas, one in Turks and Caicos, one in Anguilla, and one
in St. Barthelemy).

We would like to alert all colleagues and government agency officials in the
southeastern US and Caribbean countries to this situation and to request
that any  sightings and strandings be documented thoroughly and reported to
help assess  these unusual events.

The Caribbean Stranding Network is also available 24-hours  around the clock
to assist anybody that finds a hooded seal in the Caribbean.   You may reach
the Network by calling 787-399-1900 or 787-399-1903 or by email
mignucci at caribe.net.

Additional Information:
* Mignucci-Giannoni AA, Odell DK.  2001. Tropical and subtropical Western
Atlantic records of hooded seals (Cystophora cristata) dispel the myth of
extant Caribbean monk seals (Monachus tropicalis). Bulletin of Marine
Science 68(1):47-58.
* Mignucci-Giannoni AA, Haddow P. 2002. Wandering hooded seals. Science
295(5555):627-628.

Thanks,

Tony

Dr. Antonio A. Mignucci-Giannoni
Director
Red Caribeña de Varamientos € Caribbean Stranding Network
PO Box 361715 San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-1715
EMAIL mignucci at caribe.net € WEB http://rcv.caribe.net

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