Investigations into the interactions between harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and vessels in the inner Moray Firth

Joseph Onoufriou, Esther Lane Jones, Gordon Drummond Hastie, David Thompson

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Abstract

In late 2014, observations of grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) predation on conspecifics which produced similar wounds provided a plausible alternative explanation of the likely cause of spiral lacerations. At that time there was insufficient evidence to rule out interactions with vessels as a possible cause of some of these mortalities, so the requirement to investigate the temporal and spatial overlap between seals and vessels remained.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMarine Scotland
Commissioning bodyThe Scottish Government
Number of pages47
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameScottish Marine and Freshwater Science Report
PublisherMarine Scotland
No.24
Volume7
ISSN (Print)2043-7722

Keywords

  • marine planning
  • animal behaviour
  • marine renewables
  • environmental impact

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