UNCW Right Whale Aerial Survey 05-06
University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Dataset credit

William A. McLellan, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Contacts

RoleNameOrganization 
Primary contact William McLellan University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University

Citation

Abstract

Aerial surveys were flown in parallel lines from the South Carolina/North Carolina border to the south end of Assateague Island, Virginia, United States from October 2005 to April 2006. All large whale, small cetaceans, sea turtles and large fish, and ship sightings were recorded. Surveys were conducted in Beaufort sea states of 5 or under and in clear weather conditions. Photos of all large whales exist in the VAB LAB photo data base at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). UNCW houses a data base that now extends from 1998 to 2006 for aerial surveys conducted in the mid-Atlantic and southeast Atlantic bight.

Purpose

To conduct systematic aerial surveys for large whales, specifically targeting right whales, during the fall, winter and spring off North Carolina and Virginia, United States.

Supplemental information

N/A

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Attributes

Overview

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Attributes in dataset provided

Attribute (table column)Description
idRecord id
dateDate of observation
timeTime of the date
waypoint
latLatitude in decimal degree
longlongitude in decimal degree
event
heading
track
obsrv
alt
visibility
bss
cloud
glarel
glarer
angle
sightcue
species
common
tsn
scientific
group_
rank
reliabilit
minnum
maxnum
bestBest estimate of the number of adults
calvesNumber of calves in the group
avoid
pho_vid
comments
oid
OBIS-SEAMAP ID360
Seabirds0
Marine mammals690
Sea turtles746
Rays and sharks88
Other species51
Non spatial0
Non species0
Total1,575
Date, Begin2005-10-27
Date, End2006-04-20
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude33.39 - 37.73
Longitude-78.41 - -74.90
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
PlatformPlane
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortYES (ID: 361)
Traveled (km)55,049
Effort hours351
Registered2006-07-11
Updated2011-11-11
StatusPublished
Sharing policy CC-BY-NC (Minimum)
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