On a sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus stranded at Krusadai Island in the Gulf of Mannar, with an up-to-date list and diagnostic features of whales stranded along the Indian Coast

James, P S B R and Soundararajan, R (1979) On a sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus stranded at Krusadai Island in the Gulf of Mannar, with an up-to-date list and diagnostic features of whales stranded along the Indian Coast. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 21 (1 & 2). pp. 17-40.

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Abstract

A male sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus was beached on the southern side of Krusadai Island (Gulf of Mannar) on 30th April 1980. Since it is of a very rare instance and since only meagre information is available on sperm whales from the seas around India, a detailed description on the stranded whale is given in this paper. In addition, another instance of stranding of a sperm whale, evidently a male, at Manauli Island in 1979 is also briefly mentioned. An up-to-date list of stranding of whales of different species along the Indian Coast from 1748 and their diagnostic features to facilitate identification have also been included. A proforma for taking measurements and collecting other details on stranded whales along the Indian Coast has been suggested.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Indian Coast; Manauli Island; Krusadai Island; sperm whale; Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus
Subjects:Marine Mammals
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
ID Code:1492
Deposited By:Geetha P Mrs
Deposited On:30 Jul 2010 09:34
Last Modified:30 Jul 2010 09:34

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