[MARMAM] Injury to a Bryde's whale off Angola

Caroline Weir caroline.weir at ketosecology.co.uk
Wed Nov 24 10:00:36 PST 2010

I would be grateful for any feedback/thoughts on the possible causes of an injury to a Bryde’s whale that has been photographed on a couple of 
occasions off Angola.  Some images can be viewed online at the following link:

It’s slightly curious because the animal has a (healed) deep cut running from flank to flank across the top of the tailstock, but also a second 
shallower (healed) cut running perpendicular to the first (only visible on the left side).  While the injuries appear to have healed, the 
swimming and surfacing behaviour of this individual were rather compromised (the tailstock region was very stiff causing the animal to 
partially-fluke on sounding).  
I’d also be interested to know whether this animal has been sighted elsewhere.

Please email me (Caroline.Weir at ketosecology.co.uk) if you are able to help.

Caroline Weir
Ketos Ecology
44 Lord Hay's Grove
Aberdeen AB24 1WS, U.K.
Email: Caroline.Weir at ketosecology.co.uk

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