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New records of beaked whales (genus Mesoplodon) in southern Spain

  • J.J. Bellido (a1) (a2), J. Cabot (a3), M.A. Farfán (a4), J.J. Castillo (a1), J.J. Martín (a1), J.L. Mons (a1), J.L. Muñoz (a5), C. Vázquez (a5) and R. Real (a2)...


Here we report the stranding of two occasional species of the genus Mesoplodon not previously recorded on the Andalusian coast. Two Blainville's beaked whale stranded in two different events, one in Matalascañas (Huelva) in 1996 and another in Tarifa (Cádiz) in 2003, and two Sowerby's beaked whale were found stranded together on the coast of Rota (Cádiz) in 2007. These strandings are located near the range boundaries of both species, whose distribution is poorly known. Additionally, three new records of Gervais' beaked whale stranded on the Andalusian coast are presented.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: J.J. Bellido, Aula del Mar de Málaga, Avenida M. Heredia, 35 29001, Málaga, Spain email:


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