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Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Chen, B.W, C. Wu, L.T. Ballance, D. Fertl, H. Jiang, Y. Qiao, Z. Du, Y. Zhang, Y, F. Yang, G. Yang, and R.L. Pitman. 2023. Cooperative feeding and foraging lateralization by Eden's whales off southern China. Marine Mammal Science 39(1):200-219.


Smultea, M.A., F.C. Robertson, and D. Fertl. 2022. Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) mother-calf pair behavioral response to vessel in the Southern California Bight. Aquatic Mammals 48(6):690-692.


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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