[MARMAM] New publication: Unsuccessful parturition of a southern right whale at Peninsula Valdes, Argentina
mariano.sironi at icb.org.ar
Mon Apr 15 09:52:27 PDT 2019
Dear MARMAM community,
My co-authors and I are pleased to share our recent publication in Marine
Mammal Science entitled First record of an unsuccessful parturition of a
southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) at Península Valdés, Argentina
Sironi M., Marón C., Pettite, L., Guevara, J., Martorell J.P., Rowntree V.
2019. First record of an unsuccessful parturition of a southern right whale
(Eubalaena australis) at Península Valdés, Argentina. Marine Mammal Science.
doi: <https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12594> https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12594
We report a likely unsuccessful parturition of a southern right whale at
Península Valdés, Argentina. Observations were made during a whale watch
trip. During labor, the calfs tailstock emerged from its mother, but later
most of its body returned back inside. The calf did not move and the
mother´s behavior could be described as unusual. The cow was later seen
alone and then, in a mating group. We presume her calf was born dead or died
shortly after birth. This is the first known observation of an apparent
unsuccessful birth in a mysticete species in the wild.
The paper can be accessed here:
Dr. Mariano Sironi
Instituto de Conservación de Ballenas Argentina
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