Cape Hatteras 04-05
Duke University Marine Laboratory

Dataset credit

Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University


Primary contact Erin LaBrecque Duke University
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University



This dataset contains location information of marine mammal, sea bird, sea turtle sightings off of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in August 2004.


Our objective is to map the distribution of upper-trophic predators with respect to physical and biological gradients across the North Carolina shelf. A team of observers used standardized population sampling techniques, including line-transect and strip-transect methods, to survey the distribution and abundance of marine mammals, birds and turtles. By repeatedly surveying the study area in conjunction with physical and biological measurements from in-situ and remote-sensing platforms, we will quantify how these predators respond to changes in the oceanography of this dynamic region over short time scales (days) and across seasons (summer - winter).
More information is available online:
Cape Hatteras: Where Currents Collide; Science - Marine Mammals:
Cape Hatteras: Where Currents Collide; Overview - Background:

Supplemental information

In addition to the sightings data, effort data and environmental data were recorded. This dataset, therefore, should be used with the effort data.




Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
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Attributes in dataset provided

Attribute (table column)Description
commonSpecies common name.
scientificSpecies scientific name.
tsnTaxonomic Serial Number defined by ITIS.
rankRank such as species, genus and family.
st_noSighting No. Sequentially assigned to all species.
dateDate of the sighting.
timeTime of the sighting in 24 hours, local time.
effortWether the ship was on effort or off effort.
Marine mammals70
Sea turtles4
Rays and sharks0
Other species178
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2004-08-04
Date, End2005-02-02
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude34.28 - 36.49
Longitude-77.10 - -74.50
Coord. prec.4 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortYES (ID: 299)
Traveled (km)1,292
Effort hours103
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