First report on the stomach contents of long‐finned pilot whales, Globicephala melas, stranded in New Zealand

E. Beatson*, S. O'Shea, M. Ogle

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Abstract

Stomach contents of the long‐finned pilot whale, Globicephala melas, are reported for the first time from New Zealand waters. Analyses based on two male and three female whales (2.5-5.3 m in length) that stranded on Farewell Spit, Golden Bay, South Island in December 2005 revealed a diet comprised exclusively of cephalopods (2-33 lower cephalopod beaks per stomach). Two genera of cephalopod from two orders; arrow squid, Nototodarus spp. (Teuthoidea: Ommastrephidae), and common octopus, Pinnoctopus cordiformis (Octopoda: Octopodidae) were represented. A further five pilot whale stomachs were examined and found to be empty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalNew Zealand Journal of Zoology
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cephalopoda
  • Diet
  • Globicephala melas
  • Long‐finned pilot whale
  • New Zealand
  • Stranding

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