Session Description: Changes in Marine Mammal Occurrence in the Salish Sea
Changes in strandings of cetaceans in Puget Sound/Salish Sea
Jessica L. Huggins1, Amanda Warlick2, Stephanie Norman3, Jennifer Olson4, Dyanna M. Lambourn5, Joe Gaydos6, John Calambokidis1
1Cascadia Research Collective
2NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
3Marine-Med: Marine Research, Epidemiology, and Veterinary Medicine
4The Whale Museum
5Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Mammal Investigations
6SeaDoc Society, UC Davis Wildlife Health Center
Cetacean strandings in the inland waters (Puget Sound/Salish Sea) of Washington State are common and have been systematically recorded in Washington State since the early 1980’s, providing an invaluable dataset with which to track spatiotemporal trends and changes in stranding patterns. These patterns are cyclical but generally increasing (Figure 1). This increase is likely due to a variety of factors, including population increase, emerging diseases, funding for stranding response, and public awareness/ease of reporting. Harbor porpoise and seasonally occurring gray whales are the two most commonly stranded species in inland waters.
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Cetaceans, Puget Sound, Salish Sea, Strandings
SSE11: Species and Food Webs
Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)
SSE11: Session Description
6-4-2018 12:00 AM
6-4-2018 12:00 AM
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Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)
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Changes in Strandings of Cetaceans in Puget Sound/Salish Sea