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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
abundance and define the distributions of cetaceans in the northern Caribbean
Sea and adjacent Atlantic Ocean. 2. Collect ichthyoplankton samples in an
Atlantic swordfish longline fishing area and throughout the survey area. 3.
Collect associated environmental data at designated stations. 4. Obtain biopsy
samples of skin and blubber from selected cetacean species in U.S. waters. 5.
Collect data on the distribution and abundance of seabirds and other marine
life.

CURRENTNESS REFERENCE: ground condition

SPATIAL DATA ORGANIZATION INFORMATION
Direct Spatial Reference: Vector
SDTS Point and Vector Object Type: Entity point
Point and Vector Object Count: 1528

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

NATIVE: Microsoft Windows 2000 Version 5.0 (Build 2195) Service Pack 4; ESRI
ArcCatalog 8.3.0.800

Related URL
Link: GET DATA
Link: GET DATA
Description: Access data from the OBIS and OBIS-SEAMAP websites.


Link: GET SERVICE > ACCESS MAP VIEWER
Description: OBIS-SEAMAP Map Service


Link: VIEW EXTENDED METADATA


Link: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Description: Ocean Biogeographic Information System - Spatial Ecological Analysis of
Megavertebrate Populations (OBIS-SEAMAP)


Link: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Description: Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)


Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: Biological Data Profile


Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: ESRI Metadata Profile


Parent DIF
This data set description is a member of a collection. The collection is described in
OBIS-SEAMAP


Geographic Coverage
 N: 22.7092 S: 16.1565  E: -54.0128  W: -82.4368

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/


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1995-01-29
Stop Date: 1995-03-08


Location Keywords
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > CARIBBEAN SEA
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > CARIBBEAN SEA > PUERTO RICO
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > CARIBBEAN SEA > JAMAICA
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > USA
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > FLORIDA


Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 0.000167 Decimal degrees
Longitude Resolution: 0.000167 Decimal degrees


Science Keywords
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES >FISH    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
BOUNDARIES


Platform
SHIPS    [Information]


Instrument
BONGO NETS    [Information]
TRAWL    [Information]
VISUAL OBSERVATIONS    [Information]


Project
OBIS-SEAMAP >OBIS - Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations    [Information]


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.


Keywords
albacores
albatrosses
alcids
animals
Animals
Atlantic spotted dolphin
auks
baleen whales
beaked whales
billfishes
Biomass
biota
birds
Birds
bonitos
bony fishes
bottlenosed dolphin
bottlenose dolphin
bottlenose dolphins
brown pelican
cartilaginous fishes
cetaceans
Cetaceans
chordates
Community Structure
Conservation
cormorants
cory's shearwater
diurnal birds of prey
dolphin
dolphins
Dolphins
dorados
eagles
Endangered Species
Environmental Assessments
environment
falconiforms
falcons
Fisheries
Fish
flamingos
flyingfishes
fulmars
geoscientificinformation
greater shearwater
grebes
guillemots
gulls
halfbeeks
hawks
herons
humpback whale
humpback whales
ibises
killer whales
least tern
location
loggerhead
loggerhead sea turtle
loggerhead sea turtles
loons
mackerels
mammals
Mammals
Marine Birds
marine dolphins
marine mammals
Marine mammals
Marine Reptiles
marine turtles
modern sea turtles
murres
needlefishes
northern gannet
Observation
oceans
osprey
oystercatchers
pantropical spotted dolphin
parasitic jaeger
pelicans
perch-like fishes
petrels
pilot whales
plovers
Population Distribution
Population Size
porpoises
puffins
Range Changes
ray-finned fishes
rays
reptiles
Reptiles
ribbonfishes
rorquals
sailfishes
sawfishes
sea turtles
Sea turtles
sharks
shearwaters
Ship survey
shore birds
Sighting
skates
sooty tern
sperm whale
sperm whales
spinner dolphins
spiny rayed fishes
spotted dolphins
storks
storm petrels
striped dolphin
striped dolphins
swordfishes
terns
terrapins
toothed whales
torpedoes
tortoises
totipalmate swimmers
Transect survey
tube-nosed swimmers
tunas
turtles
vertebrates
Vertebrates
whales
Whales


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
OBIS Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations    [Information]
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
EI FUJIOKA
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


LANCE GARRISON
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (305) 361-4488
Email: Lance.Garrison at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center
75 Virginia Beach Dr.
City: Miami
Province or State: FL
Postal Code: 33149
Country: USA


Publications/References
Mullin, K. D. 1995. Oregon II Cruise 215 (95-01). Southeast Fisheries Science
Center, NOAA.

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-05-23
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-03-12


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