First records of dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima) from the Union of the Comoros

  title={First records of dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima) from the Union of the Comoros},
  author={Marco Bonato and Mark A. Webber and Artadji Attoumane and Cristina Giacoma},
  journal={Marine Biodiversity Records},
The world distribution of dwarf and pygmy sperm whales (Cetacea: Kogiidae) [Kogia spp.] is poorly known, and derived mostly from records of stranded animals. At sea, both species are elusive and difficult to identify. We photo-documented the presence of dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima) in the waters of the Union of the Comoros. All three occurrences were sightings of apparently healthy animals from 2011 to 2013 in and near Itsandra Bay, off the island of Grande Comore. We discuss the importance… 
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