Baseline presence of and effects of tidal turbine installation and operations on harbour porpoise in Minas Passage, Bay of Fundy, Canada

Tollit, D.; Joy, R.; Wood, J.; Redden, A.; Booth, C.; Boucher, T.; Porskamp, P.; Oldreive, M.
The Journal of Ocean Technology (2019)

Harbour porpoise echolocation activity within and outside of the FORCE tidal turbine demonstration area in Minas Passage of the upper Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, has been monitored by up…


Characterization of a novel rhabdovirus isolated from a stranded harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)

Emelianchik, Alexandra; Rodrigues, Thaís C. S.; Subramaniam, Kuttichantran; Nielsen, Ole; Burek-Huntington, Kathy A.; Rotstein, David; Popov, Vsevolod L.; Stone, David; Waltzek, Thomas B.
Virus Research (2019)

An adult male harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) stranded off the coast of Alaska displaying poor body condition, scattered mild ulcerative dermatitis, and necrotizing balanoposthitis. Necropsy findings included severe verminous panniculitis,…


Agonistic interactions and dominance relationships in three groups of captive odontocetes: Method of assessment and inter-species/group comparison

Serres, Agathe; Hao, Yujiang; Wang, Ding
Aquatic Mammals (2019)

Social group dynamics are known to impact odontocetes’ health and welfare in captivity. Social dominance and agonistic interactions that occur to establish and maintain these relationships might express themselves differently…


Differential population dynamics of a coastal porpoise correspond to the fishing effort in a large estuarine system

Lin, Wenzhi; Karczmarski, Leszek; Li, Jun; Chan, Stephen C. Y.; Guo, Lang; Wu, Yuping
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems (2019)

The finless porpoise (genus Neophocaena) is susceptible to fishery‐caused mortality, and its numbers are thought to be in decline across its entire range. However, population demographics have rarely been quantified…


Context-dependent biosonar adjustments during active target approaches in echolocating harbour porpoises

Ladegaard, Michael; Madsen, Peter Teglberg
The Journal of Experimental Biology (2019)

Echolocating mammals generally target individual prey items by transitioning through the biosonar phases of search (slow-rate, high-amplitude outputs), approach (gradually increasing rate and decreasing output amplitude) and buzzing (high-rate, low-amplitude…


A field effort to capture critically endangered vaquitas Phocoena sinus for protection from entanglement in illegal gillnets

Rojas-Bracho, L.; Gulland, F. M. D.; Smith, C. R.; Taylor, B.; Wells, R. S.; Thomas, P. O.; Bauer, B.; Heide-Jørgensen, M. P.; Teilmann, J.; Dietz, R.; Balle, J. D.; Jensen, M. V.; Sinding, M. H. S.; Jaramillo-Legorreta, A.; Abel, G.; Read, A. J.; Westgate, A. J.; Colegrove, K.; Gomez, F.; Martz, K.; Rebolledo, R.; Ridgway, S.; Rowles, T.; van Elk, C. E.; Boehm, J.; Cardenas-Hinojosa, G.; Constandse, R.; Nieto-Garcia, E.; Phillips, W.; Sabio, D.; Sanchez, R.; Sweeney, J.; Townsend, F.; Vivanco, J.; Vivanco, J. C.; Walker, S.
Endangered Species Research (2019)

In 2017 an emergency field effort was undertaken in an attempt to prevent the extinction of the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus). The rescue effort involved…


Cytokine expression and lymphocyte proliferative capacity in diseased harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) – Biomarkers for health assessment in wildlife cetaceans

Lehnert, Kristina; Siebert, Ursula; Reißmann, Kristina; Bruhn, Regina; McLachlan, Michael S.; Müller, Gundi; van Elk, Cornelis E.; Ciurkiewicz, Malgorzata; Baumgärtner, Wolfgang; Beineke, Andreas
Environmental Pollution (2019)

Harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in the North and Baltic Seas are exposed to anthropogenic influences including acoustic stress and environmental contaminants. In order to evaluate immune responses in healthy and…