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Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Bacon, C.E., M.A. Smultea, D. Fertl, B. Würsig, E.A. Burgess, and S. Hawks-Johnson. 2017. Mixed-species associations of marine mammals in the Southern California Bight, with emphasis on Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus). Aquatic Mammals 43:177-184.

Fulling, G.L., T.A. Jefferson, D. Fertl, J.C. Salinas Vega, C.S. Oedekoven, and S.A. Kuczaj II. 2017. Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) collision with a research vessel: Accidental collision or deliberate ramming? Aquatic Mammals 43:421-429.

Smultea, M. A., D. Fertl, C.E. Bacon, M.R. Moore, V.R. James, and B. Würsig. 2017. Cetacean mother-calf behavior observed from a small aircraft off Southern California. Animal Behavior and Cognition 4:1-23.


Smultea, M. A., J. Brueggeman, F. Robertson, D. Fertl, C. Bacon, R.A. Rowlett, and G.A. Green. 2016. Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) behavior near icebreaker operations in the Chukchi Sea 1991. Arctic 69:177-184.


Latusek-Nabholz, J., D. Fertl, L. Blair, and C. Ferrer. 2014. A rare observation of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) with a whale shark (Rhincodon typus) off the Florida Panhandle, Gulf of Mexico. Aquatic Mammals 40(3):293-296.


Zaeschmar, J.R., I.N. Visser, D. Fertl, S.L. Dwyer, A.M. Meissner, J. Halliday, J. Berghan, D. Donnelly, and K.A. Stockin. 2014. Occurrence of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) and their association with common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) off northeastern New Zealand. Marine Mammal Science 30:594-608.


Whitt, A.D., T.A. Jefferson, M. Blanco, D. Fertl, and D. Rees. 2011. A review of marine mammal records of Cuba. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals 9(2):65-122.


Deakos, M.H., B.K. Branstetter, L. Mazzuca, D. Fertl, and J.R. Mobley, Jr. 2010. Two unusual interactions between a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Hawaiian waters. Aquatic Mammals 36(2):121-128.


Bolaños-Jiménez, J., D. Fertl, and M. Iñíguez. 2009. Killer whale (Orcinus orca) occurrence in Venezuelan waters, 1982-2008. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals 7(1-2):75-79.


Jefferson, T.A., D. Fertl, J. Bolaños-Jiménez, and A.N. Zerbini. 2009. Distribution of common dolphins (Delphinus spp.) in the western Atlantic Ocean: A critical re-examination. Marine Biology 156:1109-1124. 


Smultea, M.A., J.R. Mobley, Jr., D. Fertl, and G.L. Fulling. 2008. An unusual reaction and other observations of sperm whales near fixed-wing aircraft. Gulf and Caribbean Research 20:75-80. 


Zoidis, A.M., M.A. Smultea, A.S. Frankel, J.L. Hopkins, A. Day, A.S. McFarland, A.D. Whitt, and D. Fertl. 2008. Vocalizations produced by humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calves recorded in Hawaii. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 123(3):1737–1746. 


Fulling, G.L., D. Fertl, K. Knight, and W. Hoggard. 2007. Distribution of Molidae in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Gulf and Caribbean Research 19(2):53-67. 


Fertl, D., and G.L. Fulling. 2007. Marine mammal interactions with turtles. Marine Turtle Newsletter 115:4-8. 

Jefferson, T.A., D. Fertl, M. Michael, and T.D. Fagin. 2006. An unusual encounter with a school of melon-headed whales (Peponocephala electra) at Rota, Northern Mariana Islands. Micronesica 38(2):239-244.


Fertl, D., A.J. Schiro, G.T. Regan, C.A. Beck, N. Adimey, L. Price-May, A. Amos, G.A.J. Worthy, and R. Crossland. 2005. Manatee occurrence in the northern Gulf of Mexico, west of Florida. Gulf and Caribbean Research 17:69-94. 


Fertl, D., N.B. Barros, R.A. Rowlett, S. Estes, and M. Richlen. 2004. An update on anomalously white cetaceans, including the first account for the pantropical spotted dolphin (Stenella attenuata graffmani). Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals 3(2):163-166. 


Visser, I.N., D. Fertl, and L.T. Pusser. 2004. Melanistic southern right-whale dolphins (Lissodelphis peronii) off Kaikoura, New Zealand, with records of other anomalously all-black cetaceans. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 38:833-836.


Fertl, D., T.A. Jefferson, I.B. Moreno, A.N. Zerbini, and K.D. Mullin. 2003. Distribution of the Clymene dolphin Stenella clymene. Mammal Review 33(3):253-271.


Fertl, D., A.M. Landry, and N.B. Barros. 2002. Sharksucker (Echeneis naucrates) on a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) from Sarasota Bay, Florida, with comments on remora-cetacean associations in the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf of Mexico Science 2002:151-152. 


Visser, I., N., and D. Fertl. 2000. Stranding, resighting, and probable boat strike of a killer whale (Orcinus orca) in New Zealand waters. Aquatic Mammals 26:232-240. 


Visser, I.N., J. Berghan, R. van Meurs, and D. Fertl. 2000. Killer whale (Orcinus orca) predation on a shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) in New Zealand waters. Aquatic Mammals 26:229-231. 


Fertl, D., and A.M. Landry, Jr. 1999. Sharksucker (Echeneis naucretes) on a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and a review of other cetacean-remora associations. Marine Mammal Science 15:859-863.


Fertl, D., L.T. Pusser, and J.J. Long. 1999. First record of an albino bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in the Gulf of Mexico, with a review of anomalously white cetaceans. Marine Mammal Science 15:227-234.


Fertl, D., J. Turner, and S. Taillon. 1999. First record of a Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus) stranding for Louisiana. Gulf of Mexico Science 1999:95-98.


Jackson, M.A., D. Fertl, and J.F. Bergan. 1998. Recent records of the river otter (Lutra canadensis) along the Texas coast. Texas Journal of Science 50:243-247.


Fertl, D., and S. Leatherwood. 1997. Cetacean interactions with trawls: A preliminary review. Journal of Northwest Atlantic Fishery Science 22:219-248.


Fertl, D., and B. Wilson. 1997. Bubble use during prey capture by a lone bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Aquatic Mammals 23:113-114. 


Fertl, D., A. Schiro, and D. Peake. 1997. Coordinated feeding behavior by Clymene dolphins (Stenella clymene) in the Gulf of Mexico. Aquatic Mammals 23:111-112.


Fertl, D., A.J. Schiro, S. Collier, and G. Worthy. 1997. Stranding of a Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) in southern Texas, with comments on stomach contents. Gulf of Mexico Science 1997:92-93. 


Weller, D.W., V.G. Cockcroft, B. Würsig, S.K. Lynn, and D. Fertl. 1997. Behavioral responses of bottlenose dolphins to remote biopsy sampling and observations of surgical biopsy wound healing. Aquatic Mammals 23:49-58. 


Fertl, D., A. Acevedo-Gutierrez, and F. Darby. 1996. A report of killer whales (Orcinus orca) feeding on a carcharhinid shark in Costa Rica. Marine Mammal Science 12:606-611. 


Fertl, D., and B. Würsig. 1995. Coordinated feeding by Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) in the Gulf of Mexico. Aquatic Mammals 21:3-5. 


Silber, G.K., and D. Fertl. 1995. Intentional beaching by bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Colorado River delta, Mexico. Aquatic Mammals 21:183-186. 


Fertl, D. 1994. Occurrence patterns and behavior of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Galveston Ship Channel, Texas. Texas Journal of Science 46:299-317.


Fertl, D., and A. Schiro. 1994. Carrying of dead calves by free-ranging Texas bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Aquatic Mammals 20:53-56. 

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