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dc.contributor.authorThompson, Christopher D. H.
dc.contributor.authorBouchet, Phil J.
dc.contributor.authorMeeuwig, Jessica J.
dc.identifier.citationThompson , C D H , Bouchet , P J & Meeuwig , J J 2019 , ' First underwater sighting of Shepherd’s beaked whale ( Tasmacetus shepherdi ) ' , Marine Biodiversity Records , vol. 12 , 6 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 264697502
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 90e88c41-64b8-46aa-9d14-4b4efbfb5dae
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:CB4A4222C46818B48D89D663C604469F
dc.identifier.otherRIS: Thompson2019
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-2144-2049/work/66398486
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85075841404
dc.description.abstractHere we describe the first underwater sighting of Shepherd’s beaked whale (Tasmacetus shepherdi). Two individuals were observed together on video footage obtained via mid-water stereo-Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVS) deployed off the coast of Inaccessible Island, Tristan da Cunha, in the South Atlantic. This observation constitutes the first recorded live sighting of this species in the waters of Tristan da Cunha since 2002 and provides further evidence for the persistence of a population of this species in the region. The observed individuals lacked the dark flipper stripe observed in previous descriptions, indicating that the species may exhibit greater variation in pigmentation than previous records indicate. The planned implementation of a marine reserve in the region along with the current low level of fishing pressure and remote location of this archipelago provide a good context to ensure the appropriate management and protection of this rare species. The recent establishment of an ongoing mid-water stereo-BRUVS monitoring programme, in concert with other methods targeted at marine mammals, may yield further information about this little known species and aid in informing management decisions in the future.
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dc.subjectTristan da Cunhaen
dc.subjectSouth Atlanticen
dc.subjectMarine reserveen
dc.subjectGC Oceanographyen
dc.subjectQA Mathematicsen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectSDG 14 - Life Below Wateren
dc.titleFirst underwater sighting of Shepherd’s beaked whale (Tasmacetus shepherdi)en
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Mathematics and Statisticsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modellingen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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