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First record of a pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps, Blainville, 1838) stranding along the coast of Viti Levu, Fiji

Dehm, Jasha and Varea, Rufino and Hewavitharane, Chinthaka A. and Stockwell, Brian and Brown, Kelly T. (2021) First record of a pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps, Blainville, 1838) stranding along the coast of Viti Levu, Fiji. Australian Mammalogy, NA . N/A. ISSN 0310-0049

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    Abstract

    On 18 July 2020, a small whale was found stranded along the eastern shoreline of Viti Levu, Fiji. The whale died two days later despite efforts to refloat and guide it out to sea. Morphometric measurements and photo identification confirm it to be an adult male pygmy sperm whale, Kogia breviceps (Blanville, 1838). This specimen acts as the first confirmed record of the species in Fiji.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Cetacean, marine mammals, Pacific Island countries, pygmy sperm whale, whale stranding
    Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
    Depositing User: Kelly Brown
    Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2021 12:52
    Last Modified: 29 Apr 2021 12:52
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12735
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