THE STATUS OF THE DWARF SPERM WHALE, KOGIA SIMUS, IN CANADA


Pamela M. Willis and Robin W. Baird

Canadian Field-Naturalist 112:114-125. 1998.

Abstract: The dwarf sperm whale, Kogia simus, has been recorded in tropical and warm temperate waters world-wide. This species is rarely observed at sea, and little is known of its biology. Insufficient information is available to classify its world-wide status, though they are infrequently taken directly and indirectly in various fisheries. In Canada, the only confirmed record is of a single stranded animal from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, though they are likely found in Canadian waters more frequently. There are no obvious threats to its status in Canadian waters where the species is not at risk.



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