Distribution & Disturbance


The occurrence and distribution of marine mammals in the Vestfjord and around Lofoten was studied by Ocean Sounds / Heike Vester since 2003. We found 13 different species throughout the years, some are local, other are migratory and come either  during summer or winter time, depending on their prey abundance.

Human impacts influence the distribution in a negative way, for instance noise from seismic surveys looking for oil along the coast of Norway will displace or even kill whales. We do not agree with the Norwegian management of marine mammals and monitor the killing of whales and seals of Lofoten.

Currently we are working on creating distribution maps in correlation with natural and human influences.
Expect more info after the 20.6.2015….

We need your help, please report any marine mammal sighting in Lofoten / Vestfjord,
you can call us 91842012 or send an email: info@ocean-sounds.com

People working on this project:
Dr. Heike Vester, whale researcher since 2003
Felipe Matos, Master project in biology UiN 2014-2015, deadline 15.6.2015
Prof. Jarle Nordeide, biologist Univ. Nordland 2014-2015