[MARMAM] Abstract: suspected surplus killing of harbor seal pups by killer whales
Robin W. Baird
rwbaird at cascadiaresearch.org
Tue Jan 3 12:36:37 PST 2006
Gaydos, J.K., S. Raverty, R.W. Baird and R.W. Osborne. 2005. Suspected
surplus killing of harbor seal pups (Phoca vitulina) by killer whales
(Orcinus orca). Northwestern Naturalist 86:150-154.
No abstract is available. This note describes necropsy results on five
harbor seal pups from San Juan County, Washington USA, with gross lesions
indicating predation without consumption. Based on wound measurements,
wounds were consistent with the mandibular span and dentition of killer
whales. The possible killer whale populations involved in the killings and
potential causes are discussed.
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Robin W. Baird, Ph.D.
Research Biologist, Cascadia Research Collective
Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Cascadia Research Collective
218 1/2 W. 4th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98501 USA
E-mail rwbaird at cascadiaresearch.org
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