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NOAA Atlantic Cetacean Survey 1992; Sightings
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Abstract: An Atlantic Ocean ship survey was conducted by NOAA Southeast
Fisheries Science Center in 1992 to study marine mammals and pelagic apex
predators. The primary area of operation was in the Blake Plateau area of the
Atlantic Ocean between 28 degree and 35 degree North latitude and from the
coastal boundary to the Exclusive Economic Zone. During 28 survey days, at
least 10 cetacean species were sighted, including Atlantic spotted dolphin
Cuvier's beaked whale Dwarf sperm whale False killer whale Pantropical spotted
dolphin Pygmy killer whale Globicephala sp. Sperm whale Spinner dolphin
Standard Bottlenose 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. Specific objectives of this survey are:
1. Complete a line-transect survey of the study area for marine mammals during
the daylight hours, following prescribed course transects. 2. Deploy longline
fishing gear during the evening hours for the propose of catching and sampling
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Caption:  Cetacean Survey
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 35.02   S: 24.23   E: -74.61   W: -86.79

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)
Dataset Title: NOAA Atlantic Cetacean Survey 1992; Sightings
Dataset Series Name: OBIS-SEAMAP
Dataset Release Date: 2004-06-03 13:46:12.975945-04
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Dataset Publisher: OBIS-SEAMAP
Issue Identification: SEFSC
Data Presentation Form: vector digital data
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1992-01-04
Stop Date: 1992-02-10
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 0.000167 Decimal degrees
Longitude Resolution: 0.000167 Decimal degrees
Horizontal Resolution Range: 1 meter - < 30 meters
SHIPS Ancillary Description
Access Constraints ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: Open public unless otherwise noted.

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Use Constraints The datasets should be used with the corresponding transects dataset. Not to
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: 919-613-8062
Email: phalpin at
Contact Address:
Duke University
Box 90328
City: Durham
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 27708
Country: USA
Distribution Size: 0.398
Distribution Format: zip
Fees: Free
Phone: 919-613-8021
Fax: 919-684-8741
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Contact Address:
Box 90328
City: Durham
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 27708
Country: USA
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Keith D. Mullin and Robert Ford. OREGON II Cruise 92-01 (198). 1992. NOAA
Southeast Fisheries Science Center
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-08-02
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24