Another unusual mass stranding of Cuvier’s beaked whales has been recently reported in the Mediterranean Sea. Specifically an adult female and a calf washed ashore near Capo Rizzuto, Calabria, Italy. The News has been provided by Dr. Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara through the MARMAM mailing list. Here it follows the message. Updates can be found on the MARMAM list archives.
Dear MARMAM Subscribers,
I just received a note from colleague Prof. Bruno Cozzi from the University of Padua, Italy, that two Cuvier’s beaked whales, an adult female (>5 m long) and a 2 m-long calf, stranded last night near the Capo Rizzuto MPA, Ionian coast of Calabria, Italy; the stranding occurred approx. 120 n.m. due west from Corfu, where the stranding of three Cuvier’s beaked whales was reported by Alexandros Frantzis. The adult female is dead, while the calf was still alive and was towed to sea by well-meaning, albeit untrained bystanders, before informing on the event. After having been informed about the Capo Rizzuto stranding by employees of the MPA, Bruno alerted the local veterinary authorities (“Istituto Zooprofilattico”) in charge