[MARMAM] New publication: Cetaceans off the western Eyre Peninsula, Great Australian Bight

Kerstin Bilgmann kerstin.bilgmann at mq.edu.au
Sun Jan 7 17:25:25 PST 2018

Dear All,

We are pleased to announce the online publication of our paper in Deep Sea Research II: Topical Studies in Oceanography.

The article will appear in a special issue on the Great Australian Bight:

Kerstin Bilgmann, Guido J. Parra, Luciana M. Möller (2017). Occurrence, distribution and abundance of cetaceans off the western Eyre Peninsula in the Great Australian Bight. Deep Sea Research II  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.11.006


This study provides the first assessment of the occurrence, distribution and abundance of cetaceans in shelf and coastal waters off the western Eyre Peninsula, eastern Great Australian Bight, South Australia. We undertook aerial line transect surveys to estimate the abundance of common dolphins, and to assess the occurrence and distribution of other small and large cetaceans. Two along shore surveys were also flown to assess occurrence of endangered southern right whales in coastal waters. Five cetacean species were detected: seven southern right whales, three humpback whales, one minke whale (unknown species), 71 schools of common dolphins, and 14 schools of bottlenose dolphins. Abundance of common dolphins was estimated to be 20,000–22,000 using distance sampling methods with densities of 0.67–0.73 dolphin/km2. Comparisons of common dolphin densities off the Eyre Peninsula in the eastern GAB with other regions around the world show that shelf waters off the Eyre Peninsula represent an important habitat for common dolphins.

Key words: marine ecology, conservation, coastal waters, continental shelves, biodiversity, aerial survey, distance sampling, dolphin, whale

A pdf reprint can be accessed at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0967064517303648

or by emailing kerstin.bilgmann at mq.edu.au

Best wishes,


Dr Kerstin Bilgmann

Associate Lecturer in Evolution

Dept of Biological Sciences

Macquarie University

Sydney, NSW 2109


Ph: +61(0)2 9850 8151


Honorary Associate

Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab (CEBEL),

and Molecular Ecology Lab (MELFU)

Biological Sciences

Flinders University,

GPO Box 2100 Adelaide, SA 5001


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