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Field Recordings of Gervais’ Beaked whales Mesoplodon europaeus from the Bahamas

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We present the first recordings from free-ranging Gervais’ beaked whale (Mesoplodon europaeus). Nine Gervais’ beaked whales were observed visually for over six hours. Clicks were only detected over a 15 minute period during the encounter, which coincided with an 88 minute period during which no whales were observed at the surface. Click lengths were typically around 200 S and their dominant energy was in the frequency range 30 – 50 kHz. While these clicks were broadly similar to those of Cuvier’s and Blainville’s beaked whales, the Gervais’ beaked whale clicks were at a slightly higher frequency than those of the other species.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3428-3433
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume125
Issue number5
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StatePublished - 2009

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