Allied Whale North Atlantic Finback Whale CatalogueEntry ID: seamap72
Abstract: The North Atlantic Finback Whale Catalogue is a sightings based, life history dataset of individual finback whales, inhabiting the Western North Atlantic Ocean. Established in 1986 as a collaborative repository for several independent collections of photographically-identified finback whales, the NAFWC is comprised of photographic sightings, referenced by a whale identifying number, and date and ... location of the sighting. Individual identifications are based on morphological variations in dorsal fin shape, body pigment and patterns of scarring which provide a matrix of characters on which to qualify the identification as outlined in Agler, et al. (1992). The majority of Catalogue sightings are obtained from coastal waters of the Gulf of Maine, during summer months from 1978 to the present, aboard both opportunistic and directed survey vessels.
CURRENTNESS REFERENCE: ground condition
SPATIAL REFERENCE INFORMATION - GEODETIC MODEL
Horizontal Datum Name: D_WGS_1984
Ellipsoid Name: WGS_1984
Semi-major Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator of Flattening Ratio: 298.257224
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: College of the Atlantic, Allied Whale
Dataset Title: Allied Whale North Atlantic Finback Whale Catalogue
Dataset Series Name: OBIS-SEAMAP
Dataset Release Date: 2004-03-11 13:19:55.828648-05
Dataset Release Place: http://seamap.env.duke.edu/
Dataset Publisher: OBIS-SEAMAP
Data Presentation Form: vector digital dataOnline Resource: http://www.coa.edu/alliedwhale
This data set description is a member of a collection. The collection is described in
Start Date: 1977-07-22Stop Date: 1991-09-29
Latitude Resolution: 0.000167 Decimal degrees
Longitude Resolution: 0.000167 Decimal degrees
Horizontal Resolution Range: 1 meter - < 30 meters
Access Constraints ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: Open public unless otherwise noted.
DISTRIBUTION LIABILITY: Not to hold OBIS-SEAMAP liable for errors in the data. While we have made every effort to ensure the quality of the database, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of these datasets. Also please refer to Use Constraints.
Use Constraints Not to use data contained in OBIS-SEAMAP in any publication, product, or commercial application without prior written consent of the original data provider. To cite both the data provider and OBIS-SEAMAP appropriately after approval of use is obtained. Also please refer to Distribution Liability.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Format: Shapefile
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: efujioka at duke.edu
LSRC A321 Box 90328
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 27708
Agler et al. 1992. The Use of Photographic-Identification for Studying Individual Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalus, in the Gulf of Maine. Rep. Int. Whal. Commn. 42:711-722.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2008-01-08
Last DIF Revision Date: 2008-01-13