Short Communication

Inshore occurrence of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis ) at Subantarctic Marion Island

Published in: African Zoology
Volume 46, issue 1, 2011, pages: 188–193
DOI: 10.1080/15627020.2011.11407493
Author(s): M. PostmaDepartment of Zoology and Entomology, South Africa, M. WegeDepartment of Zoology and Entomology, South Africa, M. N. BesterDepartment of Zoology and Entomology, South Africa, D. S. van der MerweDepartment of Zoology and Entomology, South Africa, P. J. N. de BruynDepartment of Zoology and Entomology, South Africa

Abstract

Opportunistic shore-based sightings of southern right whales Eubalaena australis for Marion Island (46°54’S, 37°45’E) were documented at five different times between 1974 and 2009. Whales were sighted between May and September and exclusively on the eastern lee side of the Island. Notwithstanding some observer biases over this time frame, the species appears to be an infrequent visitor to the inshore marine environment of Marion Island.

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