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Anouk Ilangakoon
Locations:
Sri Lanka
Roles:
  • Researcher
  • Scientific advisor
[General description section]
I have been working on cetaceans off Sri Lanka since 1985 and more recently I have participated in several regional projects working off other countries such as Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand on cetacean surveys in the Indian Ocean. I studied small cetacean species diversity off the west coast of Sri Lanka for my M.Sc. research project and have also carried out large whale sighting surveys off Sri Lanka. Additionally I have worked on cetacean strandings and bycatch issues in Sri Lanka and I authored the first guide book on whales and dolphins off Sri Lanka which was published in 2002.
Organisation
Cetacean Specialist Group of IUCN
Position within organisation
Researcher
Projects
Relevant species

Dugongs are more closely related to elephants than to marine mammals such as whales and dolphins.

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The blue whale is the largest mammal ever known to have existed.

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Research interests
Conservation of Marine mammals
Relevant publications
Ilangakoon, A. D., Sutaria, D., Raghavan, R., and Hines, E., (2004); Interview Survey on Dugong (Dugong dugon) in the Gulf of Mannar Area, Sri Lanka and India, Sirenian Internation, USA. 48 p. (unpublished report)

Ilangakoon, A. D. (2004); Marine Mammals of the Gulf of Mannar, Adams Bridge, Palk Strait and Palk Bay Area, Paper presented at the Sethusamudram Project: Review of Implecations, Second Meeting of the Group of National Experts, BMICH, 18th October 2004.

Ilangakoon A. D., Sutaria, D., and Hines, E. (2005): Historical status and future prospects for Dugongs (Dugong dugon) in the Gulf of Mannar, based on interview surveys, Poster presentation at 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, 12-16 December 2005, San Diego, California, USA,.

Tint Tun and Ilangakoon, A. D. (2006); Capacity Building and Preliminary Assessment on Dugong (Dugong dugon<) Occurrence off the Rakhine Coast of Myanmar, Society for Marine Mammalogy, USA. 23 p. (unpublished report).

Ilangakoon, A. D. (2006); Taxonomy and Current Status of Marine Mammals in Sri Lanka, In: Bambaradeniya, C. N. B. (ed) The Fauna in Sri Lanka: Status of Taxonomy, Research and Conservation, The World Conservation Union, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

1. Ilangakoon, A. (2002); Whales and Dolphins, Sri Lanka: a guide to the cetaceans in the waters around Sri Lanka, WHT Publications Ltd., Colombo, Sri Lanka.

2. Ilangakoon, A. D. (2004); Marine Mammals of the Gulf of Mannar, Adams Bridge, Palk Strait and Palk Bay Area, Paper presented at the Sethusamudram Project: Review of Implecations, Second Meeting of the Group of National Experts, BMICH, 18th October 2004.

3. Ilangakoon, A. D. (2006); Taxonomy and Current Status of Marine Mammals in Sri Lanka, In: Bambaradeniya, C. N. B. (ed) The Fauna in Sri Lanka: Status of Taxonomy, Research and Conservation, The World Conservation Union, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

4. Ilangakoon, A. D. (2006); Preliminary analysis of large whale strandings in Sri Lanka 1889-2004, Pakistan Journal of Oceanography, Vol.2(2): 61-68. 5. Branch, T. A., Palacios, D. M., Stafford, K. M., Allison, C., Bannister, J. L., Burton, C. L. K., Gill, P. C., Jenner, K. C. S., Jenner, M. N. M., Maughan, B., Miyashita, T., Morrice, M. G., Sturrock, V. J., Anderson, R. C., Baker, A. N., Best, P. B., Borsa, P., Childerhouse, S., Findlay, K. P., Ilangakoon, A. D., Joergensen, M., Kahn, B., Maughan, B., Mikhalev, Y. A., Oman Whale and Dolphin Research Group, Thiele, D., Tormosov, D., Van Waerebeek, K., and Warneke, R. M. (2006); Past and present distribution of blue whales in the Southern Hemisphere and northern Indian Ocean, IWC Paper SC/58/SH16: 27pp.

6. Branch, T. A., Stafford, K. M., Palacios, D. M., Allison, C., Bannister, J. L., Burton, C. L. K., Cabrera, E., Carlson, C. A., Galletti Vernazzani, B., Gill, P. C., Hucke-Gaete, R., Jenner, K. C. S., Jenner, M-N. M., Matsuoka, K., Mikhalev, Y. A., Miyashita, T., Morrice, M.G., Nishiwaki, S., Sturrock, V. J., Tormosov, D., Anderson, R. C., Baker, A. N., Best, P. B., Borsa, P.,. Brownell Jr, R. L , Childerhouse, S., Findlay, K. P., Gerrodette, T., Ilangakoon, A. D., Joergensen, M., Kahn, B., Ljunglad, D. K., Maughan, B., Mccauley, R. D., Mckay, S., Norris, T. F., Oman Whale and Dolphin Research Group, Rankin, S., Samaran, F., Thiele, D., Van Waerebeek, K. and Warneke, R. M. (2007); Past and present distribution, densities and movements of blue whales Balaenoptera musculus in the Southern Hemisphere and northern Indian Ocean, Mammal Review Vol.37: 116-175.
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