Scientific Publications

Scientific Publications

Group specific vocalisation of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephalus melas) in northern Norway”, Heike Vester1, Kurt Hammerschmidt2, Sarah Hallerberg3 and Marc Timme3 (in prep.)

“First record of killer whales (Orcinus orca) feeding on Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in northern Norway suggest a multi-prey feeding type”

heike vester1,2,3 and kurt hammerschmidt1

1Cognitive Ethology Laboratory, Kellnerweg 4, 37077 Go¨ttingen, Germany, 2Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and
Self-Organization, Am Fassberg 17 37077 Gottingen, Germany, 3Ocean Sounds, Hjellskjaeret, 8312 Henningsvaer, Norway

Occurrence of killer whales in Norway is linked to the migration of the herring population with most sightings during wintertime. Here we describe the first record of North Atlantic killer whales feeding on Atlantic salmon inside a fjord in northern Norway during summertime, thus adding an important factor in understanding the feeding ecology of North Atlantic killer whales.

Marine Biodiversity Records, page 1 of 5. # Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 2013 doi:10.1017/S1755267212001030; Vol. 6; e9; 2013 Published online

Photo-Identification of Salmon Eating Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) in Norway (2012). Kristin Reehaug Jacobsen from the University of Nordland in Bodø has completed her bachelor thesis 15.6.2012

Investigating Specific Groups of Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) Through Photo Identification in Norway (2012). Ellyne Dudkowski from the University of Nordland in Bodø has completed her bachelor thesis 15.6.2012  Dudkowski_Bachelors_Thesis_on_Killer_Whales_3

Foote AD, Vester H, Vikingsson GA, Newton J (2012) Dietary variation within and between populations of northeast Atlantic killer whales Orcinus orca inferred from δ13C and δ15N analyses. Marine Mammal Science Foote_et_al_2012_MarMammSci

North Atlantic Killer Whale workshop 2012 in Galway, Ireland: NKW-abstract-book


Heike Vester & Marc Timme, 2010. “Call for cooperation to contain damage by Chile’s salmon farms”, Nature, Vol.465 pp. 869 / 17 June 2010.
PDF AysenThreatenNature2010[1]

Carlos Olavarría, Jorge Acevedo, Heike I. Vester, José Zamorano-Abramson, Francisco A. Viddi, Jorge Gibbons, Emma Newcombe, Juan Capella, A. Rus Hoelzel, Marcelo Flores, Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete & Juan Pablo Torres-Flórez, 2010. “Southernmost distribution of common Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the eastern South Pacific”, Aquatic Mammals, Vol 36 (3), pp 288-293. PDF 36_3_Olavarría

Andrew D. Foote, Julia Vilstrup, Renaud de Stephanis, Philippe Verborgh, Sandra C. Abel Nielsen, Morten Rasmussen, Robert J. Reid, Kelly M. Robertson, Lars Kleivane, Nils Øien, Tiu Similä, Heike Vester, Gísli A. Vikingsson,Robert Deaville, Emer Rogan, Eske Willerslev, M. Thomas P. Gilbertand Stuart B. Piertney, 2010. Genetic differentiation within a North Atlantic killer whale ecotype” Molecular Ecology,
PDF Foote et al 2010 Mol Ecol

Vester, H., 2007.  “Whale watching and ecotourism – a field study from Northern Norway” Proc. of the Global Ecotourism Conference 2007 in Oslo.

Vester, H.I., Folkow, L.P. and A.S. Blix, February 2004. “Click sounds produced by cod (Gadus morhua)”, J.Acoust.Soc.Am. Vol. 115, No. 2, pp. 914-919.
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Vester, H.I., L.P. Folkow and A. Schytte Blix, 2001. “Underwater vocalisation of captive hooded and harp seals during live fish hunting.”Proc. Soc.Mar.Mamm.Conf. in Vancouver, November 2001.

Vester, H.I., L.P. Folkow and A. Schytte Blix, 2001. “Click sounds produced by cod (Gadus morhua) – a possible anti-predator behaviour?” Proc. ICA conference in Rome, September 2001.

Other publications

“Whales and Seascapes of Lofoten”, mulit media DVD, H.Vester & G. Reichtert, 2010.

“Marine Mammals and Fish of Vesteraalen and Lofoten”, H. Vester, Audio CD in cooperation with, 2009.

2008 Master project by Silke Nielebock from the University of Oldenburg in Germany. Her thesis was completed 2008 and can be downloaded in German: okotourismus-in-norwegen-touristenprofil-des-okotourismusbetriebs-ocean-sounds-auf-den-lofoten.
2008 article by Silke Nielebock AK Norden “Okoturismus in Norwegen”

2008 Philosophy student Martin Lee Miller spent some time with us in 2007 to study the north, the whales and the visitors. He completed his thesis: “Symphony of Silence” at the University of Oslo.

Whale Watching Guidelines (H. Vester & R. Eriksson, Ocean Sounds & WWF Norway, 2007):
With our 5 years research experience and the help of the WWF Norway, we created a leaflet with new whale watching guidelines. Whale watching in Norway is totally unregulated and there is a need of regulating the boat traffic and human activities around the whales. Whales and whale watching boats are often disturbed by the presence of many boats or boats that drive irresponsible. Please use our guidelines, distribute them and if you go on whale watching tours in Norway, show them to your skipper and guide and ask them to follow it.
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“Whale and Dolphin communication in Vestfjorden, northern Norway”, speaker at the Aquadyne Technology Awareness Seminar 29th – 30th September 2010 in Oslo

Who says what in the Vestfjord – whale communication”, public lecture at the University of Bodoe, northern Norway, 07.10.2009.

Ocean Sounds and Scientific Tourism”, public lecture organised by the Center for Research in Patagonian Ecosystems (CIEP) in Coyhaique, Patagonia, Chile, 24.03.2009.

“Benefits and risks of whale watching – a case study of northern Norway” Workshop on scientific tourism organised by Center for Research in Patagonian Ecosystems (CIEP) in Coyhaique, Patagonia, Chile, 22 -29 of April 2008. (

Whale watching and ecotourism – a field study from Northern Norway”. Speaker at the Global Ecotourism Conference in Oslo, 15th of May 2007.

Participating at the UNEP/GRID workshop: “Linking tourism and conservation” in Arendal in Norway 12-13 May 2007.