Harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) and minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) observed during land-based surveys in The Minch, north-west Scotland

Sarah J. Dolman*, Nicola K. Hodgins, Colin D. MacLeod, Graham J. Pierce, Caroline R. Weir

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The waters off north-west Scotland are known to provide important habitat for the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and the minkewhale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). Between October 2008 and April 2011, systematic land-based surveys were carried out to assess the seasonal occurrence, group size and group behaviours of both species in a study area located off Melvaig, near Gairloch. Data were collected on 47 separate days, with a total of 4543 minutes of survey effort (in sea states

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1185-1194
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Issue number6
Early online date9 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014


  • land-based surveys
  • harbour porpoise
  • Phocoena phocoena
  • minke whale
  • Balaenoptera acutorostrata
  • The Minch
  • north-west Scotland
  • white-beaked dolphins
  • habitat preferences
  • relative abundance
  • Aberdeenshire UK
  • Moray Firth
  • cetaceans
  • waters
  • sea
  • trends
  • sites

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