ACTA THERIOLOGICA SINICA ›› 2018, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (6): 624-626.DOI: 10.16829/j.slxb.150244

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A by-caught minke whale’s calf attacked by the shark

ZHU Qian,YU Shanshan, LIU Yingying, WANG Jing, LIU Wei   

  1. (1 Ocean College, Shandong University (Weihai), Weihai 264209,China)
    (2 Conservation International, Beijing 100027,China)
    (3 Provincial Nature Reserve of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, Jiangmen 529200,China)
  • Online:2018-11-30 Published:2018-11-26


祝茜 于珊珊 刘莹莹 王静 刘伟   

  1. (1山东大学(威海)海洋学院,威海264209)
  • 通讯作者: 祝茜 E-mail:

Abstract: A minke whale was by-caught by fishermen in a drift gill net off Shidao, Weihai, Shandong Province on June 15, 2007. The whale, which had been attacked by a shark, was a male with body length 2.43 m, and was suspected to have died soon after the birth. The small size of the whale suggests that a breeding ground for minke whales might exist in the Chinese coastal waters. Evidence of shark attack on this young whale was apparent: half of the fluke was lost and the belly was bitten as well; injuries were not as severe on the caudal peduncle. It was not possible to determine if the shark-related injuries observed occurred prior to the whale being by-caught or were post-mortem. Some conservation measures were proposed in order to better protect the cetaceans in waters off China.

Key words: Mysticeti, Minke whale(Balaenoptera acutorostrata), Shark, Bycatch

关键词: 须鲸, 小须鲸, 鲨鱼, 误捕