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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2018, Vol 18, Num, 1     (Pages: 187-190)

First Record of Humpback Dolphins in Mersin Bay, the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey

Yeliz Doganyılmaz Ozbilgin 1 ,Ebrucan Kalecik 1 ,Ali Cemal Gücü 2

1 Mersin University, Fisheries Faculty, Yenişehir Campus, 33169, Mersin, Turkey
2 Middle East Technical University, Institute of Marine Sciences, PK 28, 33731, Mersin, Turkey
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v18_1_21 Viewed : 3964 - Downloaded : 2767 Two to four humpback dolphins were first time observed at two occasions on 3 February and 25 April 2016 on Turkish coastal waters of the Northeast Mediterranean. They were recorded by under-water cameras while feeding on fish escaping from experimental demersal trawl during two separate operations conducted on shallow waters. Although the quality of the footage was quite good, the individuals could only be identified at genus level. When the distribution ranges of the genus and recent enlargement of the Suez Channel are considered, the individuals are most likely of the strays of Indian Ocean humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea). Keywords : Sousa spp.; the Mediterranean; Suez Canal; trawl