Subject: Dwarf sperm whale, Kogia simus (Abstract) (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Fri, 27 Mar 1998 12:46:12 -0500 (EST)

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Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 14:33:04 -0400
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Subject: Dwarf sperm whale, Kogia simus (Abstract)

Willis, P.M., and R.W. Baird. 1998. Status of the dwarf sperm whale,
     Kogia simus, with special reference to Canada. Canadian
     Field-Naturalist 112:114-125.


The dwarf sperm whale, Kogia simus, has been recorded in tropical and
warm temperate waters world-wide. This species is rarely observed at
sea, and little is known of its biology. Insufficient information is
available to classify its world-wide status, though they are
infrequently taken directly and indirectly in various fisheries. In
Canada, the only confirmed record is of a single stranded animal from
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, though they are likely found in
Canadian waters more frequently. There are no obvious threats to its
status in Canadian waters where the species is not at risk.

Robin W. Baird, Ph.D.
Biology Department, Dalhousie University, 1355 Oxford St.,
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4J1 Canada
Phone (902) 494-3723
Fax (902) 494-3736