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Cetacean occurrence, distribution and movements along the coast of São Paulo State


Although 29 cetacean species (33% of the globally known) were reported along the 600km range of São Paulo State coast, their distribution, occurrence patterns and movements are still poorly know. The main reason regarding this fact is due to the lack of scientific cruises devited towards the investigation of these mammals in their element. The main objective of this proposal is to invest on a systematic survey along the coast of São Paulo State in order to map the distribution, describe possible patterns of occurrence and movements of cetaceans in the surveyed area. To reach this objective, 26 cruises (2-4 day) in waters depth ranging from 10 to 40 m will be conducted in 15 months from June 2012 to August 2013. A teach encounter with cetaceans, data on date, time, position (GPS), water temperature, depth and salinity, species identification and group size and composition will be gathered. In order to identify individuals from natural marks and to investigate movements along the coast, photographs will be taken. Biopsy samplings will also be collected to invest on molecular ecology and chemical contamination studies in a near future. A network involving scuba diving operators will be established in order to optimize the recovering of cetacean sighting data along the coast when those platforms will be used. The results of this proposal will give support to the established marine protected areas along the coast, be added to the Biota-FAPESP program databank, as well as to the OBIS databank, and will represent an important avenue to invest in capacity programs of human resources found in Academia. (AU)

Articles published in Pesquisa FAPESP Magazine about the research grant:
Whales and dolphins in sight! 
¡Ballenas y delfines a la vista! 
Articles published in other media outlets (1 total):
Biólogo: Cadê os golfinhos? (02/Dec/2020)

Scientific publications (7)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
CORREA E FIGUEIREDO, GIOVANNA; DO AMARAL, KARINA BOHRER; DE OLIVEIRA SANTOS, MARCOS CESAR. Cetaceans along the southeastern Brazilian coast: occurrence, distribution and niche inference at local scale. PeerJ, v. 8, OCT 5 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
PASCHOALINI, VICTOR UBER; SANTOS, MARCOS CESAR DE OLIVEIRA. Movements and habitat use of bottlenose dolphins,Tursiops truncatus, in south-eastern Brazil. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, v. 100, n. 4, p. 651-662, JUN 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
CORREA E FIGUEIREDO, GIOVANNA; CAZZOLI Y GOYA, SAMARA; DE OLIVEIRA SANTOS, MARCOS CESAR. Southern right whales in the South-western Atlantic Ocean: proposed criteria to identify suitable areas of use in poorly known reproductive grounds. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, v. 99, n. 5, p. 1231-1236, AUG 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
SANTOS, MARCOS C. DE O.; LAILSON-BRITO, JOSE; FLACH, LEONARDO; OSHIMA, JULIA E. F.; FIGUEIREDO, GIOVANNA C.; CARVALHO, RAFAEL R.; VENTURA, ELISA S.; MOLINA, JULIA M. B.; AZEVEDO, ALEXANDRE F. Cetacean movements in coastal waters of the southwestern Atlantic ocean. Biota Neotropica, v. 19, n. 2 2019. Web of Science Citations: 2.
MENDEZ-FERNANDEZ, PAULA; TANIGUCHI, SATIE; SANTOS, MARCOS C. O.; CASCAO, IRMA; QUEROUIL, SOPHIE; MARTIN, VIDAL; TEJEDOR, MARISA; CARRILLO, MANUEL; RINALDI, CAROLINA; RINALDI, RENATO; MONTONE, ROSALINDA C. Contamination status by persistent organic pollutants of the Atlantic spotted dolphin (&ITStenella frontalis&IT) at the metapopulation level. Environmental Pollution, v. 236, p. 785-794, MAY 2018. Web of Science Citations: 4.
FIGUEIREDO, GIOVANNA C.; SANTOS, MARCOS C. DE O.; SICILIANO, SALVATORE; MOURA, JAILSON F. Southern Right Whales (Eubalaena australis) in an Urbanized Area off the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean: Updated Records and Conservation Issues. AQUATIC MAMMALS, v. 43, n. 1, p. 52-62, 2017. Web of Science Citations: 4.
MARCOS CÉSAR DE OLIVEIRA SANTOS; GIOVANNA CORRÊA E FIGUEIREDO. A rare sighting of a bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon planifrons, Flower, 1882) in shallow waters off southeastern Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Oceanography, v. 64, n. 1, p. -, Mar. 2016.

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