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The Mediterranean killer whale

The map shows known occurrences of killer whales in the Mediterranean Sea (Strait of Gibraltar excluded).
Map from Reeves and Notarbartolo di Sciara 2006.

 

The killer whale is regarded as a 'visitor' species in the Mediterranean Sea. Apart from sporadic sightings (see map above and table in Notarbartolo di Sciara 2006) virtually nothing is known. Most of the available information refers to the resident population living in the Strait of Gibraltar.

 

For more information on Mediterranean killer whales see:

Cañadas A., de Stephanis R. 2006. Killer whale or Orca Orcinus orca (Strait of Gibraltar subpopulation). Pp. 34-38 in Reeves R.R., Notarbartolo di Sciara G. (compilers and editors). The status and distribution of cetaceans in the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea. IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Malaga, Spain. (whole report: 2,752 Kb)

Notarbartolo di Sciara G. 1987. Killer whale, Orcinus orca, in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Mammal Science 3(4):356-360. (112 Kb)

Notarbartolo di Sciara G. 2006. Killer whale or Orca Orcinus orca (Mediterranean Sea). Pp. 98-101 in Reeves R.R., Notarbartolo di Sciara G. (compilers and editors). The status and distribution of cetaceans in the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea. IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Malaga, Spain. (whole report: 2,752 Kb)