Seabird sightings in Ghana and Ivorycoast
Marijke de Boer

Dataset credit

Marijke N. de Boer

Contacts

RoleNameOrganization 
Primary contact Marijke de Boer Wageningen Marine Research, University of Wageningen
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University

Citation

Abstract

We recorded birds in the waters off Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire during two surveys, totalling 104 days, in April–May 2013 and March–May 2014. Several species were observed for which there are few or no previous records for either country, with Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea and Cory’s Shearwater Calonectris borealis being new for Ghana, and Leach’s Storm-petrel Hydrobates leucorhous, White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus, Cory’s Shearwater and Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus for Côte d’Ivoire. Our sightings suggest that several seabird species considered vagrants or rare visitors may occur more frequently in Ghanaian and Ivorian waters than previously thought.

Purpose

The main purpose of this study was to contribute information on the distribution and occurrence of seabirds sighted during two geophysical surveys off Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

Supplemental information

N/A

References

de Boer, M.N., Saulino, J.T. 2017. Birds recorded offshore Ghana and Côte d\'Ivoire, April–May 2013 and March–May 2014. Bulletin of the African Bird Club. 24 (2), 192-203.
de Boer, M.N., Saulino, J.T. 2015. First records of South Polar Skua (Stercorarius maccormicki) for Ghana in the Gulf of Guinea, West Africa. Bulletin of the African Bird Club. 22 (1): 74-77.

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Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
date_timeDate and time at local time zone
datetime_utcDate and time at UTC
speciesSpecies name
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
numberGroup size
observerThe name of the observer who first sighted the animal
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
countryCountry
notesNotes
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
OBIS-SEAMAP ID2022
Seabirds150
Marine mammals0
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species10
Non spatial0
Non species0
Total160
Date, Begin2013-04-18
Date, End2014-05-25
Temporal prec.111110
Latitude3.90 - 4.92
Longitude-3.58 - -1.76
Coord. prec.5 decimal digits
PlatformBoat
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortN/A
Registered2019-10-08
Updated2019-10-14
StatusPublished
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