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NOAA Caribbean Sea Cetacean Survey 1995; Sightings
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Summary
Abstract: A Caribbean cetacean survey was conducted in 1995 by NOAA Southeast
Fisheries Science Center to examine the distribution and estimate abundance of
cetaceans in U.S. waters, especially in the Caribbean Sea and adjacent North
Atlantic. This dataset contains sightings of not only cetaceans but also other
species including sea turtles, fish and shark observed during the ship survey.
During the 44 day cruise with 4,274 transect kilometers surveyed, nine
cetaceans were identified, including Humpback whale, Minke whale, Mesoplodon
sp. Ziphiidae, Pilot whale, Bottlenose dolphin, Atlantic spotted dolphin,
Pantropical spotted dolphin, Striped dolphin. The dataset is accompanied by
transect data which is provided as a separate file.

Purpose: The purpose of this survey is to examine the distribution and
estimate abundance of cetaceans in U.S. waters, especially in the Caribbean Sea
and adjacent North Atlantic, which should meet the responsibility under the
Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. Specific
objectives of this survey are: 1. Collect line transect data to estimate
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 22.71   S: 16.16   E: -54.01   W: -82.44

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Dataset Title: NOAA Caribbean Sea Cetacean Survey 1995; Sightings
Dataset Series Name: OBIS-SEAMAP
Dataset Release Date: 2004-06-03 13:55:39.005298-04
Dataset Release Place: http://seamap.env.duke.edu/
Dataset Publisher: OBIS-SEAMAP
Issue Identification: SEFSC
Data Presentation Form: vector digital data
Online Resource: http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/
Parent DIF
This data set description is a member of a collection. The collection is described in
OBIS-SEAMAP

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1995-01-29
Stop Date: 1995-03-08
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 0.000167 Decimal degrees
Longitude Resolution: 0.000167 Decimal degrees
Horizontal Resolution Range: 1 meter - < 30 meters
Platform
SHIPS Ancillary Description
Quality HORIZONTAL POSITIONAL ACCURACY REPORT: Based on GPS device
Access Constraints Open public unless otherwise noted.
Use Constraints The datasets should be used with the corresponding transects dataset. 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.
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Data Set Progress
COMPLETE
Data Center
OBIS Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://seamap.env.duke.edu/

Data Center Personnel
Name: PATRICK N. HALPIN
Phone: 919-613-8062
Email: phalpin at duke.edu
Contact Address:
Duke University
Box 90328
City: Durham
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 27708
Country: USA
Distribution
Distribution Media: ONLINE
Distribution Size: 0.464
Distribution Format: zip
Fees: Free
Personnel
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 919-613-8021
Fax: 919-684-8741
Email: efujioka at duke.edu
Contact Address:
LSRC A321
Box 90328
City: Durham
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 27708
Country: USA
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Publications/References
Mullin, K. D. 1995. Oregon II Cruise 215 (95-01). Southeast Fisheries Science
Center, NOAA.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-05-23
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-03-12

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