[MARMAM] Blue whales Balaenoptera musculus in offshore waters of Kenya

Maja Nimak-Wood maja.nimak-wood at gardline.com
Thu Jul 7 14:01:21 PDT 2016

Dear colleagues,

We would like to announce the recent publication of the following paper: R Barber, I Sikora & M Nimak-Wood (2016): Blue whales Balaenoptera musculus in offshore waters of Kenya, African Journal of Marine Science, DOI: 10.2989/1814232X.2016.1182590

Observations of blue whales were made in Kenyan offshore waters during a seismic survey from September 2014 to January 2015. These represent the first live at-sea sightings of blue whales reported from Kenyan waters. All 30 sightings occurred between September and October in waters ranging from 2 990 to 4 705 m depth. It is unknown to which of the three possible subspecies the animals sighted belong. Based on timing and geographical location, they are likely to have been either Antarctic blue whalesBalaenoptera musculus intermedia, Madagascar pygmy blue whales B. m. brevicauda or northern Indian Ocean blue whales B. m. indica.

The article can be accessed at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2989/1814232X.2016.1182590

Kind regards,
Maja Nimak-Wood

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