[MARMAM] New publication on pygmy right whales in Namibia

Ruth Leeney ruth.leeney at gmail.com
Thu May 9 04:08:57 PDT 2013

Dear MARMAM subscribers,

We are pleased to announce the publication of the following paper:

RH Leeney , K Post , PB Best , CJ Hazevoet & SH Elwen (2013): Pygmy right
whale Caperea marginata
records from Namibia, African Journal of Marine Science, 35:1, 133-139

To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/1814232X.2013.769903


All known records of pygmy right whales *Caperea marginata* in Namibia
since 1978 are summarised for the first
time, including 12 strandings (live and recently dead animals) and skeletal
remains from at least eight more individuals.
The majority of strandings and remains were located in the Walvis Bay
region, where the coastal topography
of the bay and lagoon may be a primary cause for the relatively high
incidence of strandings in this area. Strandings
appear to occur only during the austral summer, between November and March.
All but two of the records for which
age is available were juveniles, suggesting that the area offshore of
Walvis Bay may function as a seasonal nursery
ground and that the inexperience of younger animals may cause them to
become ‘entrapped’ in the bay. These data
contribute substantially to the limited information on pygmy right whale
distribution worldwide and the cetacean
fauna of Namibia.

Best wishes,


Ruth H. Leeney, PhD

Benguela Research & Training
Walvis Bay, Namibia
T: (+264)-81-809-8214

Current address:
JSPS Research Fellow
Graduate School of Fisheries Science & Environmental Studies

Nagasaki University, Japan
T: (+81)-80-9141-3693

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