Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science
From 1 January 1983 to 31 December 1989, 416 cetacean strandings consisting of five families and 15 species, and five manatee sightings were recorded in Virginia waters. Most records were of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus (339, 1.3%). Most cetacean strandings were reported from Virginia Beach (230, 55.1 % ). The highest number of strandings occurred in 1987 (265, 63.5%) when an epizootic killed many Tursiops. There were five confirmed sightings of manatees in Virginia waters during the study period. Thirty-four stranded cetaceans showed signs of adverse interactions related to human activities.
stranding ; cetaceans; marine mammals
This is contribution number 2435 from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
Morgan, Lee W.; Musick, John A.; and Potter, Charles W., Temporal and geographic occurrences of cetacean strandings and manatee sightings in Virginia, with notes on adverse human-cetacean interactions, from 1983-1989 (2002). Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science, 118(1), 12-26.