FIRST STRANDING RECORD OF A HARBOUR PORPOISE (PHOCOENA PHOCOENA) IN THE SOUTHERN AEGEAN SEA

First stranding record of a harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) in the Southern Aegean Sea

Arda M. Tonay, Ayhan Dede

Faculty of Fisheries, Istanbul University, Ordu St., No. 200, 34470, Laleli, Istanbul, TURKEY
Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV), P.O. Box: 10, Beykoz, Istanbul, TURKEY

Abstract

A stranding of a harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) was reported for the first time in the Southern Aegean Sea. This is the twelfth confirmed and the sourthern record of this species in the Aegean Sea. Pennella sp. infestation is reported for the first time on a phocoenid species.

Keywords: Harbour porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, Aegean Sea, Pennella, ectoparasite infestation