[MARMAM] New article on Z. cavirostris in the Adriatic sea

Drasko Holcer Drasko.Holcer at hpm.hr
Thu Feb 1 14:42:15 PST 2007

Dear colleagues,

the following article will be published in the new issue of JMBA

Occurrence of Cuvier’s beaked whales in the southern Adriatic Sea: 
evidence of an important Mediterranean habitat

D Holcer, G Notarbartolo di Sciara, CM Fortuna, B Lazar and V Onofri

J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. (2007), 87, 359–362


The intent of this work is to summarize the available knowledge on the 
appearance, identification and distribution of Cuvier’s beaked whales 
(Ziphius cavirostris) in the Adriatic Sea through a review of historical 
data, inspection of natural history collections and collection of 
original data. In total, eleven occurrences are documented of Cuvier’s 
beaked whale along the Adriatic coast with all records originating from 
the deep southern Adriatic basin. The number of recorded stranded 
Cuvier’s beaked whales in the southern Adriatic represents about 3% of 
the recorded specimens in the entire Mediterranean. This percentage 
increases up to about 5% when considering only data collected after the 
first recorded stranding of the recent era in 1975. Comparing these 
percentages to the extent of the area relative to the Mediterranean, the 
proportion of occurrence of the total stranded Cuvier’s beaked whales in 
the southern Adriatic ranged between the same to double of that of the 
entire Mediterranean Sea. Therefore, the southern Adriatic Sea should be 
considered as a potentially relevant habitat of the Cuvier’s beaked 
whale. This hypothesis has clear conservation implications particularly 
in view of the adverse impact of sonar experiments, carried out by 
navies from several countries, on this species and should be further 
investigated. Finally, there is no evidence of the northern bottlenose 
whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus) ever having occurred in this part of the 
Mediterranean region.

The reprints can be obtained from the authors

My best regards,

Drasko Holcer

Draško Holcer, curator
Croatian Natural History Museum, Dept. of Zooloogy
Demetrova 1, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
tel +385 1 4851700 fax +385 1 4851644 Internet: www.hpm.hr
e-mail Drasko.Holcer at hpm.hr  SMS: drasko at vip.hr

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