[MARMAM] Paper available - melon-headed whales in the Marianas

Dagmar Fertl dfertl at geo-marine.com
Tue Oct 10 11:57:17 PDT 2006

The following recently published paper is available upon request (see
contact information below). 

Jefferson, T.A., D. Fertl, M. Michael, and T.D. Fagin. 2006. An unusual
encounter with a mixed school of melon-headed whales (Peponocephala electra)
and rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) at Rota, Northern Mariana
Islands. Micronesica 38:239-244.

Little information is available on marine mammals occurring in the Northern
Mariana Islands. On 4 July 2004, a group of about 500-700 melon-headed
whales (Peponocephala electra) was observed and photographed at the surface
and extensively underwater for several hours at the island of Rota in the
Northern Mariana Islands. An unidentified number of rough-toothed dolphins
(Steno bredanensis) also were part of the sighting. Bottom depths ranged
from about 77 to 1,100 m over the course of the sighting.


Dagmar Fertl
Marine Mammal Biologist
Geo-Marine, Inc.
2201 Avenue K, Suite A2
Plano, Texas 75074 USA
FAX 972-543-4130
dfertl at geo-marine.com

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