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Title: Biosonar dysfunction and mass stranding of short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhyncus at Manapad, southeast coast of India- An emphatic key in demystifying the enigma?
Authors: Jeyabaskaran, R.
Sakthivel, M.
Rameshkumar, P.
Jayasankar, J.
Vysakhan, P.
Kripa, V.
Keywords: Gulf of Mannar;Stranding event;Morphometry;Kinship behaviour;Necropsy
Issue Date: Oct-2018
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: A mass stranding of 81 short-finned pilot whale (SFPW) Globicephala macrorhynchus along Manapad coast from 11th to 15th January, 2016 was reported. Along the same coast, 147 SFPW were reported to have stranded in the same month, 43 years ago. Morphometric measurements of stranded specimens were taken. Based on the necropsy and subsequent findings, the animals showed no obvious signs of health problems. The single most predominant cause to have triggered the recent mass stranding could be possibly biosonar dysfunction.
Page(s): 2077-2086
ISSN: 0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJMS Vol.47(10) [October 2018]

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