Collection of baseline data on humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) health and causes of mortality for long-term monitoring in Western Australia
Holyoake, C., Stephens, N. and Coughran, D. (2012) Collection of baseline data on humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) health and causes of mortality for long-term monitoring in Western Australia. Murdoch University
Since 2008 an unprecedented number of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) have stranded in Western Australia (WA). Between 1989 and 2007 the mean number of humpback whales ashore was between 2 and 3 animals (range: 0-5). In 2008 there were 13 strandings followed by 46 in 2009 and 16 in 2010. The aim of this project was to initiate the collection of data by post-mortem examination of stranded whales in 2011 in order to: 1) identify and characterise factors associated with strandings; and 2) determine baseline and epidemiological information on disease and the nutritional status of stranded whales.
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