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A Pygmy Blue Whale (Cetacea: Balaenopteridae) in the Inshore Waters of New Caledonia
|Title:||A Pygmy Blue Whale (Cetacea: Balaenopteridae) in the Inshore Waters of New Caledonia|
|Issue Date:||Oct 2004|
|Publisher:||University of Hawai'i Press|
|Citation:||Borsa P, Hoarau G. 2004. A pygmy blue whale (Cetacea: Balaenopteridae) in the inshore waters of New Caledonia. Pac Sci 58(4): 579-584.|
|Abstract:||The occurrence of a blue whale is reported for the first time for the
New Caledonian archipelago. The whale, a juvenile male in poor condition,
entered the shallow inshore waters of the coral reef lagoon (220 19-24' S, 1660
46-52' E) where it spent at least 1 month until it was killed by whaler sharks on
27 January 2002. Live observations, examination of photographic documents,
and skull osteology indicated that this was a pygmy blue whale, Balaenoptera
musculus brevicauda. Nucleotide sequences of PCR-amplified fragments of its
mitochondrial DNA were determined and compared with the few published
homologous sequences of North Atlantic blue whales, B. m. musculus, but no
obvious differences were apparent.
|Appears in Collections:||Pacific Science Volume 58, Number 4, 2004|
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