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PR OMA R. SEA FAUNA RECOVERY PROGRAM in ALMERÍA. Member of the SOCIEDAD ESPAÑOLA DE CETÁCEOSVARAMIENTO
OF A ZIFIO DE CUVIER IN ALMERÍA April 10, 2005.

 


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ALMERÍA SEA FAUNA RECOVERY PROGRAM

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of the SOCIEDAD ESPAÑOLA DE CETÁCEOS

STANDING
FROM A CUVIER ZIFIO IN ALMERÍA April 10, 2005

The
last Saturday a team from the PROMAR-Almería Stranding Network
(Almería Marine Fauna Recovery Program), attended
the stranding of a specimen of a cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphio cavirostris)
that he was dead.

East
marine mammal, which is one of the most unknown, has
been sadly "popularized" due to the deaths of more
of a dozen of these specimens caused by military maneuvers
in the waters of the Canary Islands.

It is
the fourth specimen of this species that has appeared stranded on the coasts
Almería, two were found dead, one in Roquetas de Mar and El
Ejido, and one was saved in 2002 in El Ejido.

He
The last one appeared on the coast of Nijar, reported it
to PROMOTE a private individual and the surveillance services of the Marine Reserve
from Cabo de Gata. It was an adult specimen of 5.45 ms. and i was being shot down
by the waves of the eastern storm, finding a part buried.

For
the sightings that have been made off the coast of Almería
and available data, there is a population of beaked whales
in the so-called "canyon of Almería" opposite
to the west coast of Almería. And the government has been requested
that military activities using sonars should not be carried out in this area
medium and low frequency assets. At first it seems that the administration
central has communicated that no maneuvers will be practiced with this
type of sonars, hoping that this commitment will keep you.

These
elusive animals have the following characteristics:

Length.-
5.5 - 7 m; weight
Weight.- from 2 to 3 Tm.
Teeth: They are reduced to a single pair located at the end of the
lower jaw.
Color: very dark brown on the dorsal area and flanks, with small
spots and scars.
Muzzle: The beak is poorly marked; becomes more acute with
age.
Group size: 1-25
Curiosities: Infrequent jumps, comes out of the water almost vertical and falls
backwards awkwardly.
Until today, the PROMAR Stranding Network has attended
21 stranding of marine species, among which were: 4 dolphins
common, 3 striped dolphins, 1 bottlenose dolphin, 9 unidentified dolphins
(due to its advanced decomposition), 1 cuvier's beaked whale and 3 turtles
silly.

Since
PROMAR we work to help marine species, which also need
the help of all citizens, if you want to collaborate or if you see any
stranded or troubled animal you can contact us through
phone 649.56.57.12 or to promar.almeria@nodo50.org.

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