Sightings of Bryde’s whale, Balaenoptera edeni, off the Pacific coast of Nicaragua

Joëlle De Weerdt, Carla Patulny, Nerea Pérez Ruiz, Leslie Blanchet

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Here, we report the first sighting records of Bryde’s whales in Nicaragua. Four sightings were made in 2022 during boat-based surveys off the southwestern coast of Nicaragua. Photoidentification, distributional data, dive times, and behavioural information were collected, and environmental parameters, including sea surface temperature, were measured for each sighting. Sightings included calf and non-calf groups displaying travelling (n = 1; 25%), milling (n = 1; 25%), and suspected feeding (n=2; 50%) behaviours. Approximately 4h of focal following allowed the calculation of short and long breath intervals. Based on our observations, the individuals were suspected of feeding in the area, based on the presence of feeding birds, feeding humpback whales, relatively high time-lagged chlorophyll-a, and observed general behaviours. Our findings indicate that this species may occasionally visit Nicaraguan coastal areas in search of feeding oopportunities, and could represent a possible range extension of the Eastern North Pacific stock.
Originele taal-2English
Artikelnummere40
Pagina's (van-tot)1-7
Aantal pagina's7
TijdschriftJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Volume104
Nummer van het tijdschrifte40
StatusPublished - 5 apr 2024

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