SEFSC GoMex Oceanic 1993 (W)
Southeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
Garrison, L. 2013. SEFSC GoMex Oceanic 1993 (W). Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/15) on yyyy-mm-dd.
Halpin, P.N., A.J. Read, E. Fujioka, B.D. Best, B. Donnelly, L.J. Hazen, C. Kot, K. Urian, E. LaBrecque, A. Dimatteo, J. Cleary, C. Good, L.B. Crowder, and K.D. Hyrenbach. 2009. OBIS-SEAMAP: The world data center for marine mammal, sea bird, and sea turtle distributions. Oceanography. 22(2):104-115.
A winter marine mammals survey in Gulf of Mexico was conducted in 1993 by NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center to examine the distribution and estimate abundance of cetaceans in U.S. waters. The survey was followed by a similar spring survey in 1993. 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 31 survey days, 10 species were sighted, including
Atlantic spotted dolphin
Pantropical spotted dolphin
Pygmy sperm whale
Short/Long-finned pilot whale
Standard Bottlenose dolphin
The dataset is accompanied by transect data which is provided as a separate file.
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 daylight hours following prescribed transects.
2. Collect ichthyoplankton samples for the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) during the non-daylight hours using neuston, bongo and Tucker trawls.
3. Obtain associated environmental and oceanographic data.
NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center. 1993. Cruise Results; Marine Mammals/Ichthyoplankton Survey; NOAA Ship Oregon II Cruise 93-01 (203).
Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
The dataset contains information necessary to locate the species sightings observed in the survey. The structure of the dataset was defined by NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Note that the dataset is a subset of the larger, complete dataset collected in the survey which includes environmental information. The columns before LineNo are applied to the shapefile only. The following information is not included in the dataset but will be found in the master data. For details, please contact NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Track; Speed; GPS Status; Observers; Wind direction; Weather; Sea state; Swell; Visibility; Turbidity; Sunlight; Water depth; Water color; Water temperature; Sighting angle; Effort status.
Attributes in dataset provided
|Rays and sharks||1|
|Latitude||26.03 - 29.33|
|Longitude||-96.08 - -87.72|
|Coord. prec.||4 decimal digits|
|Data type||Animal sighting|
|Effort||YES (ID: 16)|
|Sharing policy||CC-BY-NC (Minimum)|
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|See metadata in static HTML|
|See metadata in FGDC XML|
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