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mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"">Dear <span class="">MARMAM</span>
subscribers,</span>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="mso-ansi-language:EN-GB" lang="EN-GB">We are pleased to announce the
recent publication of our paper <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">“Stranding
Events of <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Kogia</i> Whales along the
Brazilian Coast”</b> (January, 2016) in <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">PlosOne</b>.</span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-outline-level:1"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";
mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"">Moura, J.F., Acevedo-Trejos, E.,
Tavares, D.C., Meirelles, A.C.O., Silva, C.P.N., Oliveira, L.R., Santos, R.A.,
Wickert, J.C., Machado, R., Siciliano, S. & Merico, A. (2015) <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Stranding events of Kogia whales along the
Brazilian coast</b>. PLoS ONE, doi:</span> <span style="mso-fareast-font-family:
"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"">10.1371/journal.pone.0146108</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-outline-level:1"><br><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:
"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman""></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-outline-level:1"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:
"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman""></span></p><div class="gmail_default" style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:small;color:rgb(0,0,102);display:inline">​Abstract<br>​</div><br><p></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="mso-ansi-language:EN-GB" lang="EN-GB">The genus <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:
normal">Kogia</i>, which comprises only two extant species, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Kogia sima</i> and <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:
normal">Kogia</i> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">breviceps</i>,
represents one of the least known groups of cetaceans in the global ocean. In
some coastal regions, however, stranding events of these species have been
relatively common over the last decades. Stranding provides the opportunity to
investigate the biology of these cetaceans and to explore the epidemiological
aspects associated with the mortality of the organisms found on the beach. A
number of disturbances (including pelagic fisheries, chemical pollution, boat
strikes, and noise pollution) have been confirmed to pose a particular threat
to the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Kogia</i> species. However, no
study has yet investigated potential relationships between environmental
conditions and stranding events. Here we analyse how a collection of
environmental, physical, and biological variables, such as wind, sea surface
temperature (SST), water depth, and chlorophyll-a, correlate to <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Kogia</i> stranding events along the
Brazilian coast. The results of our statistical analyses suggest that <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">K. sima</i> is more likely found in warm
tropical waters, which provide an explanation for the high frequency of
stranding in northeastern Brazilian coast. In contrast, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:
normal">K. breviceps</i> appears to have a preference for temperate and
productive waters. Wind speed results to be also an important factor for
predicting <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Kogia</i> strandings in
Brazilian coast. Additionally, literature information in combination with our
own data and analyses of stomach contents confirms that oceanic cephalopods
constitute the primary nutritional source of both <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:
normal">Kogia</i> species. By using the available information as a qualitative
proxy for habitat preference and feeding ecology, our study provides a novel
and comprehensive assessment of <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Kogia</i>
stranding data in relation to environmental conditions along the Brazilian
coast.</span></p>

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A full copy of the paper can be downloaded at:</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="mso-ansi-language:EN-GB" lang="EN-GB"><a href="http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0146108">http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0146108</a></span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"">Sincerely
yours,</span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="mso-ansi-language:EN-GB" lang="EN-GB">-- </span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="mso-ansi-language:EN-GB" lang="EN-GB">Dr. Jailson F. Moura</span></p>

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