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Feeding of sea lampreys Petromyzon marinus on minke whales Balaenoptera acutorostrata in the St Lawrence Estuary, Canada


  • O. C. Nichols,

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    1. Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, 5 Holway Avenue, Provincetown, MA 02657, U.S.A.
    2. School for Marine Science and Technology, University of MassachusettsDartmouth, 200 Mill RoadSuite 325, Fairhaven, MA 02719, U.S.A.
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  • U. T. Tscherter

    1. Ocean Research and Education Society, P.O. Box 117, Les Bergeronnes, Quebec, G0T 1G0, Canada
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Sea lampreys Petromyzon marinus were observed on 109 occasions on 47 individual minke whales Balaenoptera acutorostrata. Bloody lesions could be identified as previous attachment sites, indicating P. marinus feeding on B. acutorostrata blood.