SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, CSCAPE 2005, Cruise 1627
NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC)

Dataset credit

Marine Mammal and Turtle Division, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, NOAA


Primary contact Karin Forney NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University



CSCAPE (Collaborative Survey of Cetacean Abundance and the Pelagic Ecosystem) 2005 was a shipboard survey conducted aboard the NOAA ships David Starr Jordan and McArthur II to assess marine mammals and their ecosystem off the U.S. West Coast. It was designed to survey waters off California, Oregon and Washington from the coast to 300 nmi (556 km) offshore, and to provide additional fine-scale coverage within four of the five West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS). This dataset provides the time-date and geographical coordinates, by species/stock, of all cetaceans detected during the survey, as well as the daily and intra-daily start and end points of the line-transect survey by the NOAA Ship McArthur II.


The primary purpose of the survey was to assess the abundance and distribution of marine mammals and seabirds, and to characterize the pelagic ecosystem within the National Marine Sanctuaries and in the ecological context of the broader California Current region.

Supplemental information

This dataset is supplemental to the following datasets:
SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, CAMMS 1991, Cruise 1426
SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, ORCAWALE 1996, Cruise 1604
SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, ORCAWALE 1996, Cruise 1605
SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, ORCAWALE 2001, Cruise 1617
SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, ORCAWALE 2001, Cruise 1619
SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, CSCAPE 2005, Cruise 1628
SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, ORCAWALE 2008, Cruise 1635




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Attributes in dataset provided

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
cruiseCruise No
obs_dateDate of the sighting
obs_timeTime of the sighting (local time zone)
sighting_noSighting No.
species_orgSpecies code in original format
sp_obsSpecies code recorded
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
obs_countGroup size
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
Marine mammals1,150
Sea turtles2
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2005-06-04
Date, End2005-07-22
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude35.55 - 48.62
Longitude-126.41 - -121.26
Coord. prec.2 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortYES (ID: 1056)
Traveled (km)3,425
Effort hours264
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