First record of True's beaked whale Mesoplodon mirus in New Zealand

Rochelle Constantine, Emma Louise Carroll, Ramari Stewart, Don Neale, Anton van Helden

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On 27 November 2011, a whale resembling a True’s beaked whale, Mesoplodon mirus, was found stranded on the South Island of New Zealand. Sequencing of two mitochondrial regions (cytochrome b and mtDNA control region) confirmed species identification as a True’s beaked whale that was genetically identified as female. Further examination of the carcass found that the whale was pregnant although decomposition excluded determination of the age of the foetus. This spe- cimen is confirmed as the first record of the species in New Zealand further supporting New Zealand as a whale stranding hotspot.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1
Number of pages3
JournalMarine Biodiversity Records
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2014


  • True’s beaked whale
  • Mesoplodon mirus
  • New Zealand
  • Genetic identification


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