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1 September 2010 A Survey of Cetaceans Stranded along the Northern Coast of Tunisia: Recent Findings (2005–2008) and a Short Review of the Literature
Hedia Attia El Hili, Bruno Cozzi, Chafik Ben Salah, Michela Podestà, Wassila Ayari, Naima Ben Amor, Radhia Mraouna
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This study reports cases of stranded cetaceans observed along the northern coast of Tunisia from December 2005 to February 2008. A total of nine toothed whales were examined, belonging to four different species: sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), and long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas). This is the first record of the latter species in the area. Biometric data of stranded animals were also recorded; teeth, tissues, and selected organs were sampled; and a postmortem examination was performed whenever the conditions allowed it. These data may provide important information on basic biology, mortality events, and cetacean-fisheries interactions along a scarcely studied Mediterranean coastline.

Hedia Attia El Hili, Bruno Cozzi, Chafik Ben Salah, Michela Podestà, Wassila Ayari, Naima Ben Amor, and Radhia Mraouna "A Survey of Cetaceans Stranded along the Northern Coast of Tunisia: Recent Findings (2005–2008) and a Short Review of the Literature," Journal of Coastal Research 2010(265), 982-985, (1 September 2010). https://doi.org/10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-09-00010.1
Received: 21 February 2009; Accepted: 13 September 2009; Published: 1 September 2010
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