Diet of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) in Mull and Skye (Inner Hebrides, western Scotland)

Graham John Pierce, Maria Begona Santos Vazquez

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Data on the diets of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) from two islands in the Inner Hebrides (Scotland, UK) based on collections of faecal samples made in 1993 and 1994 are presented. The diet included a range of fish and cephalopod species, of which the most important were gadoids, particularly whiting (Merlangius merlangus), along with pelagic scad (Trachurus trachurus) and herring (Clupea harengus). There were significant temporal and spatial (between-island) differences in diet. The relatively high importance of pelagic species and the low importance of sandeels (Ammodytidae) is consistent with previous studies on grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) in the Inner Hebrides but differs from studies based in other parts of Scotland.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-650
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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