may, 2018

31may1:00 pm2:00 pmNorwegian killer whalesEve Jourdain 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lecture Theatre D, Bute Building

Event Details

Norwegian killer whales (Orcinus orca) were relatively well-studied from 1988 through 2005 at the seasonal grounds of the Norwegian Spring Spawning stock of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus). Studies mainly focused on photo-identification, feeding behaviour and acoustics. Close to 1,000 killer whales were associated with the wintering herring in the northern fjords and Norwegian killer whales are widely considered to be herring-specialists. However, very little research has been conducted outside the seasonal herring grounds, and dietary and habitat use patterns in other regions and at other times of the year remain unknown. This seminar will give an overview of a long-term project investigating northern Norwegian killer whales year-round, focussing on population studies and feeding ecology. Since 2013, data have been collected in all months of the year, providing new insights into individuals, patterns of occurrence, feeding behaviour and diet. The library of ID-photographs ensures the continuation of the longitudinal studies initiated by colleagues three decades ago. Preliminary results and some of the main findings of this ongoing project will be presented.


(Thursday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Lecture Theatre D, Bute Building

KY16 9TS


Philip Hammond

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