[MARMAM] New publication: Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) intra/inter-seasonal Exchanges Between Puerto Rico and the Southeastern Caribbean
mithriel.mackay at gmail.com
Thu May 2 10:16:40 PDT 2019
We are very happy to announce our new publication:
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) intra/inter-seasonal Exchanges
Between Puerto Rico and the Southeastern Caribbean
MacKay, M. M., Bacon, C. E., Bouveret, L., Fossette, S., & Stevick, P. T.
(2019). Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) intra/inter-seasonal
exchanges between Puerto Rico and the southeastern Caribbean. Animal
Behavior and Cognition, 6(2), 98-104.
The publication is available from the authors or at the link below.
Abstract – A study of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae, Borowski,
1781) was conducted off Puerto Rico, from 2012 through 2016, in an attempt
to understand the spatial and temporal connection among current low density
areas throughout the southeastern Caribbean. Six hundred and sixteen
animals were sighted, of which 87 (14%) were individually identified.
Seventeen individuals (20%) were re-sighted in one or more of the North
Atlantic Caribbean breeding areas. Two newly reported inter-seasonal
re-sightings (between Puerto Rico and Guadeloupe), and one intra-seasonal
exchange (including the only reported match between Puerto Rico and
Anguilla) between Puerto Rico and the southeastern Caribbean are reported
here. A paucity of data failed to confirm that humpback whales are
repopulating their full extent of the historical range, including Puerto
Rico; however, these observations may provide a glimpse of the future
importance of the southeastern Caribbean. It is especially important to
understand the occupancy, movements, and habitat use throughout the entire
winter range as sources of anthropogenic impacts (including vessel traffic
from the growing cruise ship industry) increase throughout the Caribbean.
Please feel free to contact us with comments and any interest in related
Mithriel at Marine-Eco.org
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