Dear list,
My co-authors and I are very pleased to announce the publication of our recent 
article in Marine Mammal Science, Early View: 
David M. Donnelly, Paul Ensor, Peter Gill, Rohan H. Clarke, Karen Evans, 
Michael C. Double, Trudi Webster, Will Rayment and Natalie T. SchmittNew 
diagnostic descriptions and distribution information for Shepherd's beaked 
whale (Tasmacetus shepherdi) off Southern Australia and New ZealandVersion of 
Record online : 10 FEB 2018, DOI: 10.1111/mms.12478

Abstract:Shepherd’s beaked whale (Tasmacetus shepherdi), is amongst the most 
poorly understood of all mammals and is one of the least known cetaceans 
globally. Prior to 2006, there had been no validated vessel-based at-sea 
sightings of this species and subsequently there has been a paucity of detailed 
descriptive data on the external morphology of live specimens. Offshore 
vessel-based surveys between May 2008 and February 2017, in the region of 
southern Australia and New Zealand, presented rare opportunistic sightings of 
free-swimming Shepherd’s beaked whale. Here we present relevant data pertaining 
to the first detailed morphological description of live Shepherd’s beaked whale 
using first-hand accounts gathered from eighteen validated field observations 
of the species. 
Queries regarding this publication may be directed to Regards,David David Donnelly
Marine Wildlife ConsultantManager: Killer Whales Australia
Victoria, Australia.
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