Subject: Strandings:Unusual cetacean strandings in Massachusetts (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Sat, 11 Oct 1997 08:55:55 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 10:28:43 -0500
From: Jim Rice <>
Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion
Subject: Unusual cetacean strandings in Massachusetts

Dear Marmamers:

Within the past two months the New England Aquarium in Boston has responded
to stranding events on Cape Cod involving three cetacean species uncommon
to  Massachusetts inshore waters:

1.  August 13 - an adult female false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
at Osterville, Ma

2.  September 22 - a sub-adult male beaked whale (Mesoplodon europaeus?) at
Barnstable, Ma

3.  October 1 - an adult striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) in Dennis, Ma

Each of these strandings represents an anomalous occurrence of otherwise
pelagic cetaceans.


Jim Rice
Marine Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA  02110
(617) 973-6551
(617) 720-5098 fax