Cuvier's beaked whale, Ziphius cavirostris, remains recovered on the Pakistani coast.

Mauvis Gore, E Ahmad, Q Ali, Ross Culloch, S Hasnain, Babar Hussain, P Iqbal, S Kiani, Colin MacLeod, E Parsons, P Siddiqui, Rupert Ormond, Umer Waqas

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Beaked whales are not a commonly encountered species, but Cuvier’s beaked whale, Ziphius cavirostris, is the most cosmopolitan. Nonetheless, little is known of its distribution in the north- eastern Indian Ocean, particularly along the coasts of India, Pakistan and Iran. Here we present the first confirmed record of the species for Pakistan from a stranded specimen that was found during a routine beach survey. None have been seen during inshore boat surveys to date. Considering the level of naval activity and seismic surveys in the waters off of Pakistan, incorporation of mitigating measures and monitoring surveys are suggested to avoid potential beaked whale mortality. This is the first confirmed record of Z. cavirostris on the Pakistani coast and is an important finding for the Pakistan Biodiversity Action Plan and their National Conservation Strategy for marine mammals.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMarine Biodiversity Records
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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