UNCW Marine Mammal Aerial Surveys 2006-2007
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 December 2006 to May 2007. 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 2007 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 winter and spring off North Carolina and Virginia, United States.

Supplemental information

N/A

References

Attributes

Overview

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Attributes in dataset provided

Attribute (table column)Description
id
dateDate of observation
timeTime of observation
waypoint
latLatitude of observation
longLongitude of observation
event
heading
track
obsrv
alt
visibility
bss
cloud
glare_l
glare_r
angle
cue
speciesSpecies observed
tsnSpecies ITIS TSN
reliability
min_count
max_count
obs_countNumber of animals observed
calves
avoid
pho_vid
comments
oidUnique ID number (generated by SEAMAP)
OBIS-SEAMAP ID400
Seabirds0
Marine mammals929
Sea turtles1,078
Rays and sharks198
Other species64
Non spatial0
Non species0
Total2,269
Date, Begin2006-12-05
Date, End2007-05-02
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude33.40 - 37.80
Longitude-78.40 - -74.86
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
PlatformPlane
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortYES (ID: 401)
Traveled (km)51,621
Effort hours340
Registered2007-07-20
Updated2011-11-11
StatusPublished
Sharing policy CC-BY-NC (Minimum)
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