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porpoise

the smallest cetacean, 6 ft long weighing 100 lb, black on top, white belly, piscivorous and an excellent swimmer. The common porpoise is Phocaena phocaena. There are other species, e.g. P. sinus (Pacific harbor porpoise).
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Variability of the mitochondrial control region in populations of the harbour porpoise, Phocoena, on interoceanic and regional scales.
Bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise are not often seen at the same time: bottlenoses tend to scare off the smaller harbour porpoise as they compete for food.
It is important to note that on mainland Portugal, the harbour porpoise is also known as "toninha" which is a name used in the Azores for many dolphins, especially the common dolphin Delphinus delphis.
The Hebridean waters are home to the largest population of whales around the UK coast, with minke whales, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, grey and harbour seals.
Harbour porpoises, for instance, suffer terribly in UK waters with incidental capture (drowning) in fishing gear claiming up to 10,000 of them a year.
Since the launch of the dedicated facility on the DFDS ferry in March, ORCA's community wildlife officers Rachael Forster and Ruth Coxon have already seen 38 white-beaked dolphins, two Harbour porpoises, several grey seals and many bird species such as puffins, petrels and gannets, at various points between Newcastle and Amsterdam.
And up to 405 grey seals, 2,223 harbour porpoises and 22 bottlenose dolphins are predicted to display 'milder' behavioural responses.
Changes in growth and reproduction of harbour porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, from the Bay of Fundy.
Effects of fine-scale oceanographic features on the distribution and movements of harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena in the Bay of Fundy.
Scientists from Sea Watch Foundation came across grey seals, harbour porpoises and a large group of bottlenose dolphins, while they were on a patrol last week.