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Opportunistic Feeding of an Adult Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Migrating Along the Coast of Southeastern Queensland, Australia

Author(s):

Karen A. Stockin, Elizabeth A. Burgess

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Abstract: In the austral winter of July 2004, off southeastern Queensland, Australia, we observed apparent feeding by an adult humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) in association with Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus). This is the first documented case of an adult humpback whale from the southern hemisphere Group V stock feeding along the migratory corridor. This observation also represents the first published record of a humpback whale feeding in association with Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.

Key Words: HUMPBACK WHALE; MEGAPTERA NOVAEANGLIAE; INDO-PACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN; TURSIOPS ADUNCUS; OPPORTUNISTIC FEEDING; MIGRATION; AUSTRALIA

Document Type: Research article

DOI: 10.1578/AM.31.1.2005.120

Page Numbers: 120 – 123

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