Harbor Porpoises May Get Shelter From Offshore Wind Farms

New research in Environmental Research Letters shows that harbor porpoises may benefit from more offshore wind farms. Looking at how the relatively common marine mammals (at least in cool coastal waters in the Northern Hemisphere) respond to wind farms in the Netherlands, scientists discovered the occurrence of porpoises inside the wind farm was higher than outside. The study notes that the reason for this isn't clear, with two possible causes touted: An increased food availability inside the wind farm due to a reef effect; a decrease in the amount of boats in an area which otherwise has high traffic. Here's the original research: Harbor porposes (Phocoena phocoena) and wind farms: a case study in the Dutch North Sea
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