Short Communication: Pregnant dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima) stranding in Palk Bay, India: Insights and significance of stranding records

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K Chandrasekar
Sendhil Kumar R


This Short Communication describes the stranding of a pregnant dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima) in Palk Bay, India. The dwarf sperm whale is little understood in Indian waters and considered to be one of the most unusual and rare stranded cetaceans in some parts of Tamil Nadu. While these whales have been more common in Palk Bay over recent years, only few stranding events have been reported. This study focuses on the first-documented stranding of a pregnant dwarf sperm whale in Indian waters, highlighting the significance of Palk Bay and associated waters as breeding grounds which can impact the population status.

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