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Volume 14, Number 5—May 2008


Morbillivirus and Pilot Whale Deaths, Mediterranean Sea

Antonio Fernández*Comments to Author , Fernando Esperón†, Pedro Herraéz*, Antonio Espinosa de los Monteros*, Cristina Clavel‡, Antonio Bernabé‡, J. Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaino§, Philippe Verborgh¶, Renaud DeStephanis¶, Francisco Toledano#, and Alejandro Bayón‡
Author affiliations: *University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain; †National Institute for Crop and Food Research, Madrid, Spain; ‡University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain; §University Complutense-Madrid, Madrid, Spain; ¶CIRCE (Conservation, Information, Research, Cetaceans) Andalusia, Spain; #PROMAR (Recovery Program for Marine Animals), Almería, Spain;

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Pilot whale strandings, historical and epizootic, Mediterranean coastal area

Area, dates of historical records No. stranded Average no. strandings/y No. historical strandings, 1998–2006 (dates) No. epizootic strandings,
2006–2007 (dates)
Strait of Gibraltar, 1998–Sep 2006 8 0.9 3
(1998–2006 Oct –Feb) 10
(2006 Oct–2007 Feb)
Almería, 1998–Dec 2006 22 2.4 2
(1998–2006 Jan–Apr) 7
(2007 Jan–Apr)
Murcia, 2004–Dec 2006 12 4 1
(2004–2006 Jan–Apr) 6
(2007 Jan–Apr)
Baleares Islands, 1999–Dec 2006
Not known
(2007 Apr)
Total 44 7.55 25
(2006–2007 Oct–Apr)

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