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A stranded pygmy killer whale on the coast of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil

  • Jailson Fulgencio de Moura (a1) (a2), Bruna Pagliani S. di Dario (a2), Luciano Moreira Lima (a2) and Salvatore Siciliano (a2)

Abstract

The pygmy killer whale (Feresa attenuata) is a small cetacean that can be found worldwide in offshore tropical and warm temperate waters. Most information about F. attenuata has been attributed to stranded or accidentally caught specimens and rarely through observation of free-ranging individuals. There is very little information about this cetacean in South Atlantic waters. In Brazil, only two confirmed strandings and four sightings have been published up to date. In this study we present the third confirmed stranding of the pygmy killer whale on the Brazilian coast. The current and previous records of Brazilian specimens suggest that F. attenuata may eventually use the continental shelf to feed and rest, principally in some areas of the Brazilian waters where this oceanographic feature is narrow.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: J.F. de Moura, PPG em Saúde Pública e Meio Ambiente, Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública/FIOCRUZ email: jailsonfm@gmail.com

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A stranded pygmy killer whale on the coast of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil

  • Jailson Fulgencio de Moura (a1) (a2), Bruna Pagliani S. di Dario (a2), Luciano Moreira Lima (a2) and Salvatore Siciliano (a2)

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