Stomach contents of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Scottish waters

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

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Abstract

Data on stomach contents of ten bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) stranded and by-caught around Scotland (UK) between 1990 and 1999 are presented. Although the species is resident in the Moray Firth (north-east Scotland), little previous information exists on the feeding habits of the species in Scottish waters. Cod (Gadus morhua), saithe (Pollachius virens) and whiting (Merlangius merlangus, were found to be the main prey eaten although several other fish species were also found, including salmon (Salmo salar) and haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus), and also cephalopods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)873-878
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Volume81
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • MORAY-FIRTH
  • NOSED DOLPHINS
  • SEASONAL-VARIATION
  • HARBOR-SEALS
  • NE SCOTLAND
  • DIET
  • PREY
  • POPULATION
  • PATTERNS
  • FISH

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