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First sighting of Gray Whale Eschrichtius robustus (Lilljeborg, 1861) (Cetartiodactyla: Eschrichtiidae) in Italian waters and review of Mediterranean Sea records
 
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Independent Researcher, 44022 Comacchio (Ferrara)
 
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Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell’Ambiente, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona
 
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Scuola Superiore di Tecnologia per il Mare – ITS “G. Caboto”, Via Annunziata, 58 - 04024 Gaeta (Latina)
 
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Dipartimento di Biologia, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
 
 
Online publication date: 2023-11-27
 
 
Publication date: 2023-11-27
 
 
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Nicola Maio   

Dipartimento di Biologia, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
 
 
 
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Here, we report the sighting, which occurred in 2021, of a juvenile Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) in the Tyrrhenian Sea along the coast of Lazio and Campania regions (Central-Southern Italy). It is the first record of this species in Italian waters and the second one in the Mediterranean Sea after the sighting occurred in 2010 off the Israeli coast. Furthermore, we investigate and discuss the ancient and modern data from the Mediterranean Sea and the possible reasons accounting for the presence of this specimen in an area so far from its usual geographical range.
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