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dc.contributor.authorBortolotto, Guilherme A.
dc.contributor.authorKolesnikovas, Cristiane Kiyomi Miyaji
dc.contributor.authorFreire, Andrea Santarosa
dc.contributor.authorSimões-Lopes, Paulo César
dc.identifier.citationBortolotto , G A , Kolesnikovas , C K M , Freire , A S & Simões-Lopes , P C 2016 , ' Young humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae feeding in Santa Catarina coastal waters, Southern Brazil, and a ship strike report ' , Marine Biodiversity Records , vol. 9 , 29 , pp. 1-6 .
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-5343-6575/work/63046000
dc.description.abstractBackground Humpback whales Megaptera novaeangliae are cosmopolitan and highly migratory animals that rarely feed in low latitude waters during their breeding seasons. The western South Atlantic humpback whale population breeds off the Brazilian coast, from Natal (4°S) to Cabo Frio (23°S) and migration to their feeding grounds is known to be undertaken through offshore waters. Results Here we report on an unusual stranding of a young humpback whale that was feeding in the coastal waters of Santa Catarina state (27°S), in October 2014. Evidence of a ship strike and that the animal had fed in no more than a few hours before death are also presented. Additionally, it is the first time that Peisos petrunkevitchi, a sergestid shrimp species, is described as prey for large whales. Conclusions Although more information is required before we can further discuss whether the area could provide an important source of food for young humpback whales, the present ship strike highlights a possibly important threat in case this ecological feature is confirmed in the future.
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dc.subjectLarge whaleen
dc.subjectPeisos petrunkevitchien
dc.subjectWestern South Atlanticen
dc.subjectGC Oceanographyen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.titleYoung humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae feeding in Santa Catarina coastal waters, Southern Brazil, and a ship strike reporten
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Sea Mammal Research Uniten
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