[MARMAM] Skinny fin whales: Nova Scotia

Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D. kopelman at optonline.net
Wed Jul 30 07:46:43 PDT 2008

I’ve seen about 24 fin whales feeding (including 6 mother/calf pairs), south of Block island RI  last week, and have had reports of fins feeding nearer to Montauk recently.  None that I saw were thin.


Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph. D.
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
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From: marmam-bounces at lists.uvic.ca [mailto:marmam-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On Behalf Of mjtetley at aol.com
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2008 9:04 PM
To: marmam at lists.uvic.ca
Subject: [MARMAM] Skinny fin whales: Nova Scotia


I’ve been collecting data over the past four weeks on the distribution of rorqual whales off the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. 


During this time I have encountered a lot of rather skinny looking fin whales. Almost all sighted displayed distinct signs of the vertebrae being discernable, with approximately eight individuals showing concave depressions along their flanks.


I was wondering if any other researchers or naturalists working along the East Coast of Canada or the US have noticed this recently as well ?


Any information would be most appreciated.




Mike Tetley


Please address all responses to m.j.tetley at bangor.ac.uk





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