Russian Journal of Marine Biolog); Vol. 26, No. 4, 2000, p. 310. Original Russian Text Copyright 9 2000 by Biologiya Morya, Kolmakov, Markevich, Sobolevskii. Sokolovskii, Syasina, Tyurin, Yakovlev. AN INTERESTING FINDING Finding of a Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata in the Littoral of the Far East Marine Reserve P. V. Kolmakov, A. I. Markevich, E. I. Sobolevskii, A. S. Sokolovskii, I. G. Syasina, A. N. Tyurin, and Yu. M. Yakovlev Institute of Marine Biology, Far East Division, Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, 690041 Russia On March 5, 2000, the state ranger of the Marine shifted to the tail, and the yellow-white color of the 270-330 pairs of baleen laminae. In adult whales, the Reserve of the Institute of Marine Biology N.V. Rulev found a dead, 8-m-long whale while working around body length reaches 10 m and the mass, 6-8 t; the the coast two kilometers from Cape Fal'shivyi Island. length of a newborn whale is 2.7 m. B. acutorostrata is The administration of the Institute of Marine Biology widespread in many seas of the World Ocean; it is often found in coastal waters in the northern hemisphere and decided to determine the whale species and to save its skeleton for the institute museum. On March 8, whale comes into Peter the Great Bay in the autumn, at the same time as the herring, which is a common compo- specialists of the institute and staff members of the reserve departed from Vladivostok to the site of the dis- nent of the whale diet. In the Sea of Japan, minke covery. whales feed on pelagic crustaceans and school's of fishes, such as mintai, herring, and navaga. The beached whale was identified as a female minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata from the family Bal- The dead B. acutorostrata found is thought to have aenopteridae. This species often occurs in the water of died of a large wound in the mandible, apparently the marine reserve, but the last dead whale to be found inflicted by a killer whale Orcinus orca L. was discovered on Bolshoi Pelis Island in 1978. The whale body was towed to the ranger point of the marine reserve on Cape Fal'shivyi Island for further The minke whale is the most common species of the Balaenopteridae family. The whale's body is dark examination. The skeleton of the whale is to be installed in the Museum of the Institute of Marine Bio- above and white below, and its specific features are a white band on the thoracic flipper, the spinal flipper logy. 1063-0740/00/2604-0310525.00 9 2000 MAIK "Nauka/Interperiodica"
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