Subject: Re: Whales in the Gulf of Mexico?

Al Romero (aromero@ACC.FAU.EDU)
Thu, 10 Apr 1997 08:48:36 -0500 (EST)

>Date: Thu, 10 Apr 1997 07:46:08
>From: Al Romero <>
>Subject: Re: Whales in the Gulf of Mexico?
>At 10:34 AM 4/9/97 -0600, you wrote:
>>Dear Dr. Romero,
>>We live in Baton Rouge, LA and have heard about whales in the Gulf of
>>Mexico.  We read an article in Louisiana Conservationist last
>>March/April.  We have all seen dolphins and porpoises when we were deep
>>sea fishing off our coast or swimming in Florida but we never believed
>>there were orcas, pilot whales, sperm whales and even humpbacks!  Have
>>you ever seen any of the whales in the Gulf or have you studied whales
>>in the Gulf?  Do you know anyone we might contact who does whale studies
>>in the Gulf or could give us more information about these giants in our
>>own back yard?
>>Carolyn Murphy and her 4th graders
>>St. Aloysius School
>>Baton Rouge
>Dear Ms. Murphy:
>Many species of whales have been reported for the Gulf of Mexico. They
include the Northern Right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), the humpback whale
(Megaptera navaeangliae),the Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), the
Sei whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), the Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera
edeni), the Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), the Fin whale (Balaenoptera
physalus), and the Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). Some of these
reports, though, are based on one or very few observations.
>A person with first hand knowledge of whales and other cetaceans in the
Gulf of Mexico is Dr. Thomas A. Jefferson. His e-mail address is
>Let me know if you have any further questions.
>Best wishes,
Aldemaro Romero, Ph.D.		
Florida Atlantic University	(954)236-1125	
College of Liberal Arts		(954)236-1150 (F)
Department of Biology
2912 College Ave.,
Davie, FL 33314