[MARMAM] new article on beaked whales

Martina Duras Gomercic martina.duras at vz.htnet.hr
Wed Oct 4 04:08:44 PDT 2006

Dear colleagues,

The following paper has been published:

Hrvoje Gomercic', Martina Duras Gomercic, Tomislav Gomercic, Hrvoje 
Lucic, Merel Dalebout, Ana Galov, Darinka Skrtic, Snjezana Curkovic, 
Snjezana Vukovic, Duro Huber. 2006. Biological aspects of Cuvier's 
beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) recorded in the Croatian part of the 
Adriatic Sea. European Journal of Wildlife Research. 52: 182-187.

Abstract: The paper describes two stranded ziphiids from Croatia; a 
subadult female (length 430 cm, body mass 610 kg) that stranded in 2001, 
and an adult male (length 510 cm, body mass ~1000 kg) that stranded in 
2002. Both were confirmed to be Cuvier’s beaked whales (/Ziphius 
cavirostris/ Cuvier, 1823) from analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequences 
and osteological features. There are no previous records of Cuvier’s 
beaked whales from the Croatian part of the Adriatic. The external shape 
of the head of the female specimen appears to be significantly different 
from the heads of Cuvier’s beaked whales from other seas. The Croatian 
specimen exhibited embedded pieces of gravel in the gum tissue around 
the tip of the lower and upper jaws, which was observed for the first 
time in a Cuvier’s beaked whale. The presence of/ /the female/ /in 
shallow, coastal waters for several weeks and her boat-positive 
behaviour are apparently also first records of this kind for the 
species. The female was found to have ingested several plastic bags 
which likely caused her death. These are the northernmost findings of 
this species in the Adriatic Sea.

For reprints please contact:
Prof. dr. Hrvoje Gomercic
Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Zagreb
Heinzelova 55
10000 Zagreb
e-mail: hrvoje.gomercic at vef.hr

Best regards,
Hrvoje Gomercic

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