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Feeding of sea lampreys Petromyzon marinus on minke whales Balaenoptera acutorostrata in the St Lawrence Estuary, 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.
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Keywords: anadromous; blood; cetaceans; host; marine; parasite

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Ocean Research and Education Society, P.O. Box 117, Les Bergeronnes, Quebec, G0T 1G0, Canada

Publication date: 01 January 2011

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