FIRST RECORD OF FIN WHALE (BALAENOPTERA PHYSALUSLINNAEUS, 1758) IN KOTOR BAY (SOUTH ADRIATIC SEA)

First record of fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus Linnaeus, 1758) in Kotor Bay (South Adriatic Sea)

Aleksandar Joksimović, Milica Mandić, Mirko Ðurović

Institute of Marine Biology, Laboratory for Developmental Research and Mariculture, Dobrota bb, 85330 Kotor, MONTENEGRO

Abstract

A single individual of fin whale, Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758) was recorded on 17 December 2011 in Kotor Bay (southeastern Adriatic Sea). The depth was between 5 and 7 meters. The specimen was about 10 meters long and this paper reports the first occurrence of the fin whale in very shallow waters in the most inner part of Boka Kotorska Bay.

Keywords: Cetacean, fin whale, Kotor Bay, South Adriatic Sea