26 Aug 2016

Sperm whales in the northern Adriatic

We received news about a sighting of three sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) off Rovinj in Croatia, very close to our study area. The sperm whale is the largest species of toothed whales. It lives in deep waters and regularly performs dives to over 1000 m of depth. Despite a permanent population being present in the Mediterranean Sea, the shallow northern Adriatic is not a natural habitat for sperm whales. Therefore, there is a risk of these animals becoming stranded. If you spot the whales, please report your sighting to Morigenos at +386 31 77 10 77. With your help we can better track the movements of these animals and coordinate potential stranding responses with neighbouring countries.

Photo: Tail fluke of a sperm whale. Photo: Tilen Genov (the photo is symbolic)

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