[MARMAM] Information request for any Marine Mammal Stranding organization

Lucia Martina Martin Lopez lmml2 at st-andrews.ac.uk
Fri Apr 5 06:08:06 PDT 2013

Dear colleagues,

As part of my PhD research, I need to develop allometric equations for 
body length of some beaked whale species. I would be very grateful to 
get in contact with any *Marine Mammal Stranding organizations* who have 
collected, or may collect, such data and are willing to share it. Body 
length and weight are two parameters that influence the behavioural 
ecology of whales, by affecting their oxygen stores, metabolic rates, 
locomotor costs and their interaction with prey amongst others. 
Therefore their estimation in the field is crucial for understanding 
their behaviour. My aim is to*jointly *create *allometric equations* for 
several species of beaked whales in order to*estimate body length and 
weight *of free ranging animals in the field using photogrammetry. 
Species of primary interest are /Mesoplodon densirostris/, /Ziphius 
cavirostris, Hyperoodon ampullatus/ and/Berardius bairdii/ although I 
would be happy to expand to other species if sufficient data are available.

Please contact me by email at lmml2 at st-andrews.ac.uk

Thank you in advance for any collaborations.

Kind regards

Lucia Martin

Lucía Martina Martín López,
PhD student
Sea Mammal Research Unit
Scottish Oceans Institute
University of St Andrews
KY16 8LB, Fife
Scotland, UK
lmml2 at st-andrews.ac.uk

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