[MARMAM] note on killer whale movement along the Brazilian coast

Marcos Santos sotalia at gmail.com
Tue Apr 21 16:35:14 PDT 2009

Dear Marmamers:

A short note on the movement of a male killer whale along the southeastern
coast of Brazil was recently published. Find complete reference and abstract
Requests through the e-mail: sotalia at gmail.com.

Santos, M. C. de O. & da Silva, E. 2009. Records of a male killer whale
(Orcinus orca) off southeastern Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Oceanography,
57(1): 65-68.

ABSTRACT: Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are found in all oceans, but are
generally most commonly observed in coastal, temperate waters, especially in
areas of high productivity. In the Western South Atlantic, long-term studies
on killer whales have been conducted mainly off northern Patagonia,
Argentina. The species is poorly known on the Brazilian coast where
strandings and opportunistic sightings are the main sources of information.
We report four sightings of a male killer whale identified through notches
along its dorsal fin from 2005 and 2008, presenting the first observation on
a long-distance movement (ca. 550km ) along the southeastern coast of

Marcos C.


Dr Marcos César de Oliveira Santos

Laboratório de Ecologia de Mamíferos
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biologia:
Diversidade e Manejo de Vida Silvestre
Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS),
Avenida Unisinos, 950,
São Leopoldo, RS, Brasil, 93022-000
E-mail: mcos at unisinos.br
Telefone/Phone: 51-3590-1229


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Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto
de Biociências,
Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" (UNESP), Campus Rio
Av 24-A, 1515, Bela Vista, Rio Claro, SP, Brasil, 13506-900.
E-mail: sotalia at rc.unesp.br

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