Bryde's whale calls recorded in the Gulf of Mexico

TitleBryde's whale calls recorded in the Gulf of Mexico
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
Authorsirović AŠ, Bassett HR, Johnson SC, Wiggins SM, Hildebrand JA
JournalMarine Mammal Science
Date Published2013/04
ISBN Number1748-7692

Bryde's whales (Balaenoptera edeni) inhabit tropical and subtropical waters worldwide and, unlike most other mysticetes, they are not thought to make long seasonal migrations (Jefferson et al2008). They are the only balaenopterid regularly found in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), with their range likely constrained to the shallow, northeastern part of the GOM around DeSoto Canyon (Maze-Foley and Mullin, 2006). Bryde's whales are likely the smallest population of cetaceans in the region (Maze-Foley and Mullin, 2006). While it is possible Bryde's whales are present in this area year-round as four reported strandings have been recorded across seasons (Mead 1977, Jefferson and Schiro 1997, Würsig et al2000), visual surveys have been conducted only during the spring (Waring et al2009).

Short TitleMar. Mamm. Sci.
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