COSEWIC Status Reports

COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Northern Bottlenose Whale in Canada

The status of the northern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus), a beaked whale (family Ziphiidae) of the North Atlantic, was assessed for COSEWIC by Reeves et al. (1993), and no listing was given. A subsequent report on the population that uses the waters of the Gully, a submarine canyon off the Scotian Shelf, led to this population being placed in the Special Concern category in 1996 (Whitehead et al. 1997a). Since these reports, substantial new information has been published on the Gully population, and industrial development in the area has accelerated rapidly, potentially threatening the population. Consequently, the listing of this population needs reassessment.

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COSEWIC Secretariat
c/o Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0H3
Tel: 819-938-4125
Fax: 819-938-3984
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