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Sightings and Strandings
Species has been confirmed by Robin Baird, Thomas Jefferson, John Wang, Robert Brownell.
The usual confusion is between Kogia Sima, Kogia brevicps and Feresa attenuata.
Comments from the experts
1. Kogia sima (not breviceps) - the dorsal fins looks too big and too far forward to be Kogia breviceps.
2. The shape of the back and steep head that are visible, and the behavior of apparent rafting at surface (seen in all photos) make it certain.
3. Not Feresa - the body proportions (dorsal fin size in relation to amount of back visible) are not consistent with Feresa. Image 499 (left individual) clearly shows a K. sima, rather than K. breviceps, based on fin shape and relative size in relation to the amount of back visible.