Longhope Harbour Porpoise Project 2022
Ground-breaking research study into Longhope Bay's annual harbour porpoise aggregation
Saturday 17th September 2022 saw the start of an exciting long term research partnership between Orkney Marine Mammal Research Initiative (OMMRI) and Orkney & Shetland Charters who, working together, will utilise land and vessel-based surveys combined with photographic ID work to record the number of harbour porpoises present during the aggregation and analyse their behaviour.
The smallest cetacean and only porpoise found in Europe, the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) is a shy and often elusive animal. In Orkney waters, they are likely the most under-recorded cetacean and their distribution and population size are largely unknown.