New species of cetaceans found on the Commander Islands

(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists of the National Park “Commander Islands” have found a new species of cetaceans in the waters of the archipelago – the striped prodolphin.

Now the fauna of cetaceans in the waters of the Commander Islands includes 22 species, the press service of the national park reports.

In September, the remains of a dolphin were discovered at the mouth of the Sarannaya River on Bering Island.

“When the employees of the scientific department of the national park learned about the find, they examined the remains and studied the photographs.

A version immediately appeared that it was a striped dolphin. The remains were not very well preserved, and it became necessary to clarify the correctness of the species identification.

It was decided to send samples for genetic research. Result confirmed that the animal is a striped prodolphin Stenella coeruleoalba.

For the water area of ​​​​Komandor, the find of a striped prodolphin is the first reliable registration of the species, there were no documentary evidence of meetings before, “the report says.

It is specified that striped prodolphins reach 2-2.5 meters in length. Their distinctive feature can be called dark oblique stripes on the sides of the animal.

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