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Longman's Beaked Whale (Indopacetus pacificus) in Fiji

November 5, 2022

Beaked whales (Ziphidae) are the second largest family of cetaceans with 23 currently recognized species, and the Longman's beaked whale (Indopacetus pacificus) is one of the least known globally (Reeves et al., 2003; Yamada et al., 2019). Longman's beaked whales occur in tropical waters from the western Indian Ocean to the eastern Pacific (Jefferson et al., 2015), with strandings in the Pacific reported from Hawaii, the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, and New Caledonia (Figure 1) (West et al., 2013; Garrigue et al., 2016; Acebes et al., 2019; Kobayashi et al., 2021). Here we report the first record of this species in Fiji.

Publication Year 2022
Title Longman's Beaked Whale (Indopacetus pacificus) in Fiji
DOI 10.1578/AM.48.6.2022.533
Authors Sam R Fisher, Steve Anstey, Isikeli Nasaunivalu, Robert N. Fisher
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Aquatic Mammals
Index ID 70245128
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Ecological Research Center