[MARMAM] new article on cetacean ecology for Santa Monica Bay and nearby areas, California, in the context of the newly established MPAs

Maddalena Bearzi mbearzi at earthlink.net
Fri Nov 4 10:04:31 PDT 2011

The following article has just been published:

Bearzi, M. and C. Saylan. 2011. Cetacean ecology for Santa Monica Bay and
nearby areas, California, in the context of the newly established MPAs.
Bull. Southern California Acad. Sci. 110(2): 35-51.

Abstract. - Cetacean occurrence, distribution and behavior were investigated
in Santa Monica Bay and nearby areas, California (1997­2007). A total of 425
boat- based surveys documented three species inhabiting the study area
year-round - the common bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, the
long-beaked common dolphin, Delphinus capensis, and the short-beaked common
dolphin, D. delphis, and ten species occurring occasionally. Coastal
bottlenose dolphins were mostly found traveling, diving and feeding in
waters within 0.5km of shore in 81.4% of the sightings (n 5 221), but were
also observed occasionally in offshore waters. All other species were seen .
0.5 km of shore, often feeding near escarpments and submarine canyons.
Endangered species, such as blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) and humpback
whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), were also recorded in the study area. This
paper provides new information as well as an update on data of the
composition for the local cetacean community, and offers information that
should be considered in the decision-making process associated with the
newly established MPAs, and their use. The presence of a diverse cetacean
fauna moving in and out the boundaries of these MPAs, also suggests the need
for long-term and regular cetacean monitoring in the area.

The paper is available at http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.3160/10-12.1 or
can be requested sending an email to mbearzi at earthlink.net
<mailto:mbearzi at earthlink.net>


Maddalena Bearzi

Maddalena Bearzi, Ph.D.
Ocean Conservation Society, President
P.O. Box 12860
Marina del Rey, CA 90295 - USA
ph. 310.8225205, cell. 310.5910331
mbearzi at earthlink.net <mailto:mbearzi at earthlink.net>
http://www.oceanconservation.org <http://www.oceanconservation.org/>

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