Amazon River’s mouth, the northernmost stranding site of humpback whales in Brazil

Authors

  • Danielle dos Santos Lima Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá Estrada do Bexiga 2584, Bairro Fonte Boa, 69.553-225 Tefé AM
  • Miriam Marmontel Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá Estrada do Bexiga 2584, Bairro Fonte Boa, 69.553-225 Tefé AM
  • Cláudia Funi Instituto de Pesquisas Científicas e Tecnológicas do Estado do Amapá. Rodovia Juscelino Kubitschek, km 10, Bairro Fazendinha, 68.906-970 Macapá AP
  • Wellington Monteiro Instituto de Pesquisas Científicas e Tecnológicas do Estado do Amapá. Rodovia Juscelino Kubitschek, km 10, Bairro Fazendinha, 68.906-970 Macapá AP
  • Valdenira Santos Instituto de Pesquisas Científicas e Tecnológicas do Estado do Amapá. Rodovia Juscelino Kubitschek, km 10, Bairro Fazendinha, 68.906-970 Macapá AP
  • Milton C.C. Marcondes Instituto Baleia Jubarte. Rua Barão do Rio Branco 125, Centro, 45900-000 Caravelas BA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5597.00262

Keywords:

Megaptera novaeangliae, Equatorial zone, Amazonia, Amapá State, Bailique Archipelago

Abstract

The current known distribution of humpback whales in Brazil is based on regular sightings and occasional strandings. Distribution of humpback whales in Brazil ranges from Rio Grande do Sul (34oS) in the south, to Pará (00o42’S) in the north. We present the second case of a stranded humpback whale in the Amazon coast, and the northernmost stranding record in Brazil.

Author Biographies

Danielle dos Santos Lima, Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá Estrada do Bexiga 2584, Bairro Fonte Boa, 69.553-225 Tefé AM

Grupo de Pesquisas em Mamíferos Aquáticos Amazônicos

Miriam Marmontel, Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá Estrada do Bexiga 2584, Bairro Fonte Boa, 69.553-225 Tefé AM

Grupo de Pesquisas em Mamíferos Aquáticos Amazônicos

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