An important predator in Scottish coastal waters, the east coast bottlenose dolphin has been studied for almost 30 years. In that time the marine landscape has changed dramatically with marine industrial activities and the construction and operation of offshore windfarms.
SMRU Consulting has teamed up with Prof. Philip Hammond the University of St Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit and the Prof. Paul Thompson University of Aberdeen Lighthouse Field Station to try and understand the potential affects of marine industrial activity on the east coast bottlenose dolphin population.
Funded by the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) over the next three years we will greatly improve our knowledge of the movements, natural mortality rates, birth rates and size of this protected population of dolphins.
The population ranges from the Moray Firth in the north to the Firth of Forth in the south and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Dr. Monica Arso Civil, who is working on the project, can tell you a little more about it. Check out the video below!