Necropsy report of a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) stranded in Denmark in 2010

Aage K. O. Alstrup, Abdi Hedayat, Trine Hammer Jensen, Anne Sofie Hammer , Ole L. Munk, Henrik E. Jensen

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    There is little detailed information on stranded fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the scientific literature (Notarbartolo di Sciara et al., 2003). In Denmark, at least eight fin whales stranded between the years 1603 and 1958 (Kinze, 1995). On 16 June 2010, a live subadult or adult male fin whale stranded in the Bay of Vejle (55º 69' N, 9º 58' E), Denmark. Despite several attempts, it was not possible to rescue the fin whale, which was only partially exposed by the water. The fin whale succumbed after 5 d stranded in shallow water. The dead fin whale was transported to a nearby pier, and a necropsy was performed by a multidisciplinary team, including biologists, conservationists, physicians, and veterinarians representing three universities and several museums.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAquatic Mammals
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)385-388
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Animal Science and Zoology
    • Aquatic Science
    • Nature and Landscape Conservation
    • Pathology
    • Stranding
    • Whale
    • Denmark


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