[MARMAM] New paper on Longman beaked's whales mass stranding

Claire Garrigue claire.garrigue at ird.fr
Mon Feb 8 04:40:08 PST 2016

Dear MARMAM colleagues,
We are pleased to announce the publication of the following paper in 
"Marine mammal Science":

Garrigue, C., Oremus, M., Dodemont, R., Bustamante, P., Kwiatek, O., 
Libeau, G., Lockyer, C., Vivier, JC., Dalebout, M. 2016. A mass 
stranding of seven Longman's beaked whales (indopacetus pacificus) in 
New Caledonia, South Pacific. marine Mammal Science, doi: 11.1111/mms.12304

Abstract : Seven Longman’s beaked whales (Indopacetus pacificus) 
stranded together in southern New Caledonia on 16 November 2013 (one 
adult male, two adult females, two subadult females, one calf, and one 
unknown). At this time, we have no evidence tosuggest that this event 
was an “atypical” mass stranding associated with active naval sonar or 
other anthropogenic activities. The adult females were slightly larger 
(618–640 cm) than the adult male (590 cm). The length of the calf (ca. 
300 cm) suggests it was less than a year old. Five of the whales were 
sampled for mitochondrial (mt) DNA analysis to confirm species 
identification. All shared the same haplotype over 680 bp of the mtDNA 
control region. High concentrations of Hg, Fe, Se, Zn (all in the 
liver), and Cd (in the kidneys) were detected. Necropsies revealed 
plastic debris in the stomach of two of the whales. One of these same 
whales had chronic gastritis while the other had acute pleurisy and also 
tested positive for morbillivirus. This infection may have been a major 
factor behind this mass stranding event.

The paper is available online at 
Alternatively, if you are unable to download the article please email me 
for a pdf at claire.garrigue at ird.fr

Kind Regards,


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