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Phocoena phocoena (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Phocoenidae
Order: Cetacea
English: Common porpoise, Harbour porpoise
French: Marsouin commun
Spanish: Marsopa común
German: Schweinswal (There's a German version of this page!)
Norwegian: nise, vanlig nise, havnenise (There's a Norwegian version of this page!)
Migration: partial
Regions: East Asia, Europe, Mesoamerica, North Africa, North America, North Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, West & Central Asia

 distributionmap of Phocoena phocoena 

“Some studies have demonstrated that porpoises may reside within an area for an extend period of time. However, onshore/offshore migrations and movements parallel to the coast are thought to occur. These movements may mirror seasonal changes in distribution and availability of important prey species, and some studies indicate that these movements may correspondent to underwater ridges and banks. In some coastal areas, porpoises migrate offshore to avoid ice during winter, but in long and narrow fjords of Norway, where porpoises live year-round, fresh water input from rivers may freeze within a few hours. Under such circumstances porpoises can be fatally trapped.”
(Bjorge A, Tolley KA, 2002, Harbor porpoise - Phocoena phocoena, In: Encyclopedia of marine mammals, Perrin WF, Würsig B, Thewissen JGM (eds), 549-552, Academic Press, San Diego)

More about whales and dolphins from:
Riede, K. (2001): Global Register of Migratory Species. Weltregister wandernder Tierarten. (p. 64-68)

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(Last update: 12.7.2007 by A. Tappenhölter)