Data on the distribution and feeding of fin whales off the Galician coasts
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One ofthe aims of a next CODA (Cetacean Offshore Distribution and Abundance in the European Atlantic)-IEO survey, is to investigate the presence of fin whales and their prey off the Galician coast. As a preparation it was considered useful to look at the available historical information regarding fin whale presence off GaIicia. Some observations about fin whaIe feeding are aIso presented here. The catch statistics for 1952 - 1985 were analysed for pattems of seasonal distribution. Information about the geographic distribution of fin whaIes was obtained from positions in the catch statistics, from sightings made by the whaling boats and from severaI sighting surveys. These positions were represented in charts with bathymetric profiles to visualise the distribution of whales in relation with the sea bottom topography. The prey species found in the stomachs of 17 individuaIs caught during the 1983 season were identified and their degree of digestion and semi-quantitative abundance ...
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