Between October 2012 and September 2013, a research has been conducted on
marine mammal strandings on Turkish western Black Sea coast. In total, 54
stranded cetaceans were found, which included 22 bottlenose dolphins (41%), 19
harbour porpoises (35%), 11 common dolphins (20%), and 4% unidentified
individuals. Most strandings were observed in May and June. Bycaught carcases
were found especially in April, June and July.
The aim of the study is to collect first-hand data on the monthly
stranding rates in order to understand the seasonal variation of stranding
cases in a year.