[MARMAM] Humpback Whale stranding, French Mediterranean coast, 13/06/2011
frank.dhermain13 at orange.fr
Mon Jun 13 09:30:29 PDT 2011
A freshly dead 7.80m young female Humpback Whale was found stranded at the mouth of Carry-le-rouet harbour, 10 km west of Marseille, France.
It is the second data for the French Mediterranean Strandin data base, the former being also a young 7 m female, in Cavalaire, 8 km south of Saint-Tropez, on May 22nd, 1993.
Pictures of the tail and samples of skin and muscles have been taken and can be sent to compare with the photo-ID catalogue (as the young 8m Megaptera seen in Savona by the end of March), or to determine the genetic affinities with known populations.
We hope it will be possible to perform a complete necropsy tomorrow, though there is a lack of suitable facilities in the vicinity.
frank.dhermain at wanadoo.fr
GECEM Groupe d'Etude des Cétacés de Méditerranée / French Mediterranean Cetacean Study Group
Réseau National d'Echouage (Méditerranée) / French Stranding Network
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