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- n. porpoises
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Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus (R) and common porpoise Phocoena phocoena have also been sighted.
Some poaching of harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) is thought to take place along the Finnmark coast, but the level of this harvest is unknown.
Grey seals Halichoerus grypus now breed on the islands and 9-10 species of cetaceans are seen: among them minke Balaenoptera acutirostrata and killer whales Orcinus orca, harbor porpoises Phocoena phocoena and Risso's, whitesided and whitebeaked dolphins, Grampus griseus, Lagenorhyncus acutus and L. albirostris.
Ours, which I learn from the Encyclopaedia, is the Coryphoena hippurus of naturalists, is totally different from their Delphinus phocoena, termed by us the porpoise, respecting which there exists a popular belief amongst seamen that the wind may be expected from the quarter to which a shoal of porpoises are observed to steer.
Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)
Phocoena phocoena) and killer whales (Orcinus orca