[MARMAM] Recent publication - Sperm whale collision with a research vessel: Accidental collision or deliberate ramming?

Dagmar Fertl dagmar_fertl at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 13 14:30:34 PDT 2017


On behalf of the senior author (please direct inquires and PDF requests to Dr. Fulling, gregfulling at gmail.com), my coauthors and are pleased to announce that the following publication is available.


Gregory L. Fulling, Thomas A. Jefferson, Dagmar Fertl, Juan Carlos Salinas Vega, Cornelia S. Oedekoven, and Stan A. Kuczaj II. 2017. Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) collision with a research vessel: Accidental collision or deliberate ramming? Aquatic Mammals 43:421-429.


Since this is a note, an abstract is not part of the paper. In short, the paper describes an event in which a male sperm whale collided with a research vessel that was conducting a systematic line-transect survey during 2007 in waters near Saipan and Tinian (western North Pacific). The paper also includes a review of well-documented records of deliberate ramming of large vessels by sperm whales. Possible explanations for the 2007 ramming event are discussed. The paper includes a link to online location of the video.


With regards,

Dagmar Fertl

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