Allied Finback Whale Catalogue
College of the Atlantic, Allied Whale

Dataset credit

College of the Atlantic, Allied Whale

Contacts

RoleNameOrganization 
Primary contact Dan DenDanto Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic
Data entry Benjamin Best Duke University

Citation

Abstract

The North Atlantic Finback Whale Catalogue (NAFWC) is a sightings based, life history dataset of individual finback whales, inhabiting the western North Atlantic Ocean. Established in 1986 as a collaborative repository for several independent collections of photographically-identified finback whales, the NAFWC is comprised of photographic sightings, referenced by a whale identifying number, and date and location of the sighting. Individual identifications are based on morphological variations in dorsal fin shape, body pigment and patterns of scarring which provide a matrix of characters on which to qualify the identification as outlined in Agler et al. (1992). The majority of Catalogue sightings are obtained from coastal waters of the Gulf of Maine, during summer months from 1978 to the present, aboard both opportunistic and directed survey vessels.

Reference: Agler, B.A., K.A. Robertson, D. DenDanto, S.K. Katona, J.M. Allen, S.E. Frohock, I.E. Seipt and R. Bowman. 1992. The use of photographic identification for studying individual fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the Gulf of Maine. Rep. Int. Wal. Commn 42:711-722.

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Attributes

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Attribute (table column)Description
dateObserved date
latLatitude of observation
lonLongitude of observation
speciesSpecies observed
oidUnique ID number (generated by SEAMAP)
OBIS-SEAMAP ID72
Seabirds0
Marine mammals648
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Total648
Date, Begin1977-07-22
Date, End1991-09-29
Temporal prec.111000
Latitude43.79 - 44.97
Longitude-68.88 - -65.14
Coord. prec.5 decimal digits
PlatformBoat
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortN/A
Registered2004-03-11
Updated2004-03-11
StatusPublished
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