Kuwait Marine Mammal Strandings for 2014
Husain Al Sayegh
An unprecedented stranding of marine mammals in the early part of 2014 occurred on the Kuwaiti shoreline. The verified reports include 8 Neophocaena phocaenoides, a female Balaenoptera brydei and a male Tursiops aduncus. The cause of mortality could not be determined in all cases due to advanced decomposition. Circumstantial evidence elucidates that B. brydei mortality was caused by shipping rope obstruction in the throat, causing starvation.