Prevalence of algal toxins in Alaskan marine mammals foraging in a changing arctic and subarctic environment

Lefebvre, Kathi A.; Quakenbush, Lori; Frame, Elizabeth; Burek Huntington, Kathy; Sheffield, Gay; Stimmelmayr, Raphaela; Bryan, Anna; Kendrick, Preston; Ziel, Heather; Goldstein, Tracey; Snyder, Jonathan A.; Gelatt, Tom; Gulland, Frances; Dickerson, Bobette; Gill, Verena
Harmful Algae (2016)

Current climate trends resulting in rapid declines in sea ice and increasing water temperatures are likely to expand the northern geographic range and duration of favorable conditions for harmful algal…


Comparison of dolphins’ body and brain measurements with four other groups of cetaceans reveals great diversity

Ridgway, Sam H.; Carlin, Kevin P.; Van Alstyne, Kaitlin R.; Hanson, Alicia C.; Tarpley, Raymond J.
Brain, Behavior and Evolution (2016)

We compared mature dolphins with 4 other groupings of mature cetaceans. With a large data set, we found great brain diversity among 5 different taxonomic groupings. The dolphins in our…


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…


Effect of construction-related activities and vessel traffic on marine mammals

Culloch, R. M.; Anderwald, P.; Brandecker, A.; Haberlin, D.; McGovern, B.; Pinfield, R.; Visser, F.; Jessopp, M.; Cronin, M.
Marine Ecology Progress Series (2016)

During the construction of a gas pipeline from an offshore gas field in northwest Ireland, a year-round shore-based marine mammal monitoring programme was undertaken. Using 6 yr of data, generalised…


Habitat-based cetacean density models for the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

Roberts, Jason J.; Best, Benjamin D.; Mannocci, Laura; Fujioka, Ei; Halpin, Patrick N.; Palka, Debra L.; Garrison, Lance P.; Mullin, Keith D.; Cole, Timothy V. N.; Khan, Christin B.; McLellan, William A.; Pabst, D. Ann; Lockhart, Gwen G.
Scientific Reports (2016)

Cetaceans are protected worldwide but vulnerable to incidental harm from an expanding array of human activities at sea. Managing potential hazards to these highly-mobile populations increasingly requires a detailed understanding…


Strandings, bycatches and injuries of aquatic mammals in China, 2000–2006, as reviewed from official documents: A compelling argument for a nationwide strandings programme

Wang, Yamin; Li, Wei; Van Waerebeek, Koen
Marine Policy (2015)

In the present study, the species composition, geographical and seasonal patterns of strandings, bycatches and injuries of aquatic mammals reported in Chinese mainland waters, from 2000 to 2006, were analyzed…


Identification of novel cetacean poxviruses in cetaceans stranded in south west England

Barnett, James; Dastjerdi, Akbar; Davison, Nick; Deaville, Rob; Everest, David; Peake, Julie; Finnegan, Christopher; Jepson, Paul; Steinbach, Falko
PLoS ONE (2015)

Poxvirus infections in marine mammals have been mainly reported through their clinical lesions and electron microscopy (EM). Poxvirus particles in association with such lesions have been demonstrated by EM and…


Updated marine mammal distribution and abundance estimates in British Columbia

Best, B. D.; Fox, C. H.; Williams, R.; Halpin, P. N.; Paquet, P. C.
Journal of Cetacean Research and Management (2015)

Information relating to the distribution and abundance of species is critical for effective conservation and management. For many species, including cetacean species of conservation concern, abundance estimates are lacking, out…