alexa Movements and distribution of northern bottlenose whales, Hyperoodon ampullatus, on the Scotian Slope and in adjacent waters
Geology & Earth Science

Geology & Earth Science

Journal of Oceanography and Marine Research

Author(s): T Wimmer, H Whitehead

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A small, apparently isolated, and endangered population of ~130 northern bottlenose whales (Hyperoodon ampullatus Forster, 1770) is found on the Scotian Slope south of Nova Scotia, Canada. Virtually all previous information on these animals had come from the Gully, a large submarine canyon where the northern bottlenose whales can be reliably found. A ship survey along the 1000 m depth contour in 2001 showed northern bottlenose whales only in the Gully, Shortland canyon (50 km east of the Gully), and Haldimand canyon (100 km east of the Gully). Studies in 2002 reconfirmed the presence of the whales in these other canyons, although densities were about 50% lower than in the Gully. Photo-identifications showed that individuals moved between the Gully and Shortland and Haldimand canyons over periods from days to years, with mean stays in any canyon of about 22 days. However, the population was not fully mixed: at least some individuals had preferences for particular canyons. The sex ratios were similar in all canyons, but males had higher rates of movement between canyons. These results are consistent with the expectations of optimal foraging theory, when the primary resource for females, deep-water squid of the genus Gonatus Gray, 1849, is more temporally stable than the primary resource for males, which is assumed to be receptive females. Haldimand and Shortland canyons are clearly important habitat for this species, and should receive appropriate protection.

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This article was published in Canadian Journal of Zoology and referenced in Journal of Oceanography and Marine Research

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