Diet composition and food consumption rate of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in the western Baltic Sea

Andreasen, Heidi; Ross, Stine D.; Siebert, Ursula; Andersen, Niels G.; Ronnenberg, Katrin; Gilles, Anita
Marine Mammal Science (2017)

Stomach content composition and prey-specific consumption rates of juvenile and adult harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) were estimated from a data set including 339 stomachs collected over a 32 yr period…


Year-round spatiotemporal distribution of harbour porpoises within and around the Maryland wind energy area

Wingfield, Jessica E.; O’Brien, Michael; Lyubchich, Vyacheslav; Roberts, Jason J.; Halpin, Patrick N.; Rice, Aaron N.; Bailey, Helen
PLOS ONE (2017)

Offshore windfarms provide renewable energy, but activities during the construction phase can affect marine mammals. To understand how the construction of an offshore windfarm in the Maryland Wind Energy Area…


Habitat preferences among three top predators inhabiting a degraded ecosystem, the Black Sea

Sánchez-Cabanes, Alicia; Nimak-Wood, Maja; Harris, Nicola; de Stephanis, Renaud
Scientia Marina (2017)

This study investigated whether there is evidence of widespread niche partitioning based on environmental factors in the Black Sea and tested the hypothesis that physiographic factors may be employed as…


Don’t forget the porpoise: Acoustic monitoring reveals fine scale temporal variation between bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise in Cardigan Bay SAC

Nuuttila, Hanna K.; Courtene-Jones, Winnie; Baulch, Sarah; Simon, Malene; Evans, Peter G. H.
Marine Biology (2017)

Populations of bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise inhabit Cardigan Bay, which was designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), with bottlenose dolphin listed as a primary feature for its conservation…


Inter-species differences in polychlorinated biphenyls patterns from five sympatric species of odontocetes: Can PCBs be used as tracers of feeding ecology?

Méndez-Fernandez, Paula; Simon-Bouhet, Benoit; Bustamante, Paco; Chouvelon, Tiphaine; Ferreira, Marisa; López, Alfredo; Moffat, Colin F.; Pierce, Graham J.; Russell, Marie; Santos, Maria B.; Spitz, Jérôme; Vingada, José V.; Webster, Lynda; Read, Fiona L.; González, Angel F.; Caurant, Florence
Ecological Indicators (2017)

Concentrations of thirty two polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were determined in the blubber of five sympatric species of odontocetes stranded or by-caught along the Northwest coast of the Iberian Peninsula: common…


Diel and seasonal patterns in acoustic presence and foraging behaviour of free-ranging harbour porpoises

Schaffeld, T.; Bräger, S.; Gallus, A.; Dähne, M.; Krügel, K.; Herrmann, A.; Jabbusch, M.; Ruf, T.; Verfuß, U. K.; Benke, H.; Koblitz, J. C.
Marine Ecology Progress Series (2016)

A temporal and geographical analysis of echolocation activity can give insights into the behaviour of free-ranging harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena. Seasonal and diel patterns in the presence and foraging activity…


Meals on wheels? A decade of megafaunal visual and acoustic observations from offshore oil & gas rigs and platforms in the North and Irish Seas

Todd, Victoria Louise Georgia; Warley, Jane Clare; Todd, Ian Boyer
PLOS ONE (2016)

A decade of visual and acoustic detections of marine megafauna around offshore Oil & Gas (O&G) installations in the North and Irish Seas are presented. Marine megafauna activity was monitored…


Exploitation of coastal fish communities by harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena during nursing periods in German Baltic waters

Pinzone, M.; Michel, L. N.; Gallus, A.; Brundiers, K.; Sturaro, N.; Andreasen, H.; Dähne, M.; Lepoint, G.; Siebert, U.; Das, K.; Benke, H.
Zoology Conference 2017 (2016)

The increased number of juvenile and newborn harbour porpoise strandings along the German Baltic coasts in summer provides evidence for a possible local calving and nursing ground in this area.…


Habitat shapes skull profile of small cetaceans: Evidence from geographical variation in Black Sea harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena relicta)

Gol’din, Pavel; Vishnyakova, Karina
Zoomorphology (2016)

Morphological differentiation in skull shape in small toothed whales is sometimes explained as driven by differences in ontogeny or adaptation to a benthic or pelagic habitat. To test these hypotheses,…