Diet of minke whales Balaenoptera acutorostrata in Scottish (UK) waters with notes on strandings of this species in Scotland 1992-2002

Graham John Pierce, Maria Begona Santos Vazquez, R. J. Reid, I. A. P. Patterson, H. M. Ross

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During 1992-2002 approximately 110 strandings of minke whales Balaenoptera acutorostrata were recorded in Scotland (UK). Most strandings were recorded between April and November, with a peak of strandings of males in July and August. There were two length modes at 4-6 m and 7-10 m. Stomach contents samples were obtained from ten animals. The diet comprised mainly sandeels (Ammodytidae, around two-thirds of the diet by number or weight) and clupeids (herring Clupea harengus and sprat Sprattus sprattus). Results on diet are consistent with results front whaling catches in the North Sea. The possibility that minke whales compete with fisheries is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1241-1244
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Barents Sea
  • cetaceans
  • North
  • abundance

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