Data from: Genetic kinship analyses reveal that Gray's beaked whales strand in unrelated groups

Selina Patel, Kirsten F. Thompson, Anna W. Santure, Rochelle Constantine & Craig D. Millar
Some marine mammals are so rarely seen that their life history and social structure remain a mystery. Around New Zealand, Gray’s beaked whales (Mesoplodon grayi) are almost never seen alive, yet they are a commonly stranded species. Gray’s are unique among the beaked whales in that they frequently strand in groups, providing an opportunity to investigate their social organization. We examined group composition and genetic kinship in 113 Gray’s beaked whales with samples collected over...
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