Subject: Mediterranean cetaceans

Aldemaro Romero (
Tue, 03 Mar 1998 00:15:07 -0500

Al Romero wrote:
> Dear Dr Romero ,
> My name is Yiannis Poulopoulos, and I am a member of the Hellenic
> Society for the Study and Conservation of Cetaceans. I would like to
> ask you if you have any data about  the distribution of harbor
> porpoises in the Mediterranean.
> If possible I would like also to be imformed about any new data on the
> Meduterranean Fin Whale population and the difference of these whales
> in genom compared with the ones of the North Atlantic Ocean.
> Thank you very much..

The general genetic information about fin whales can be found in the
following articles by Arnason and his colleagues:

1991. Journal of Molecular Evolution 33(6):556-568.
1993. (idem) 37(4):312-
1993. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 21(1):115-122.

I would suggest to contact Dr. Arnason at the address in his articles
for more detailed information.

Regarding harbor porpoises in the Mediterranean, they have been
occasional visitors of the Spanish and SW French coasts as well as North
Africa from the Straight of Gibraltar to Tunisia.  There is a population
in the Black Sea not known to visit Mediterranean waters. I would
suggest to contact some specialist on cetaceans of the Mediterranean who
probably has a more detailed account on the distribution of this species

Best wishes,

Aldemaro Romero, Ph.D.