BOEM Sperm Whale Seismic Study (SWSS) S-Tag sperm whale trackings 2002-2004
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Texas A&M University-Galveston
University of Colorado
University of Durham
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University of South Florida
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Epperson, D. 2015. BOEM Sperm Whale Seismic Study (SWSS) S-Tag sperm whale trackings 2002-2004. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/904) on yyyy-mm-dd.
Halpin, P.N., A.J. Read, E. Fujioka, B.D. Best, B. Donnelly, L.J. Hazen, C. Kot, K. Urian, E. LaBrecque, A. Dimatteo, J. Cleary, C. Good, L.B. Crowder, and K.D. Hyrenbach. 2009. OBIS-SEAMAP: The world data center for marine mammal, sea bird, and sea turtle distributions. Oceanography. 22(2):104-115.
Sperm Whale Seismic Study (SWSS) was a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research project supported by the then Minerals Management Service (MMS; now Bureau of Ocean Energy Management - BOEM) under Cooperative Agreement 1435-01-02-CA-85186 for Cooperative Research on Sperm Whales and their Response to Seismic Exploration in the Gulf of Mexico through the Texas A&M Research Foundation.
The objectives of SWSS were to
(1) establish baseline information on the biology and behavior of sperm whales in the northern Gulf of Mexico,
(2) characterize sperm whale habitat use in the northern Gulf of Mexico, and
(3) determine possible changes in behavior of sperm whales when subjected to manmade noise, particularly from seismic airgun arrays used for offshore oil and gas exploration and geological monitoring.
2015-11-17: Two records having a negative number of the animal count (2002-07-06 21:16:34 and 2003-07-07 15:04:46) were fixed to positive numbers.
This dataset includes sperm whale visual tracking data in 2002-2004. Sightings of other cetaceans are found in BOEM Sperm Whale Seismic Study (SWSS) S-Tag cetacean sightings 2002-2004
Since the vessels often tracked the sighted sperm whales for further surveys, many sightings in this dataset represent the same animals.
Since the 2005 data are in a different format, they are registered separately as BOEM Sperm Whale Seismic Study (SWSS) S-Tag cetacean sightings 2005
Effort data were filtered to eliminate early morning and night times where no visual efforts were conducted. The of-effort times are different in years.
2002: 06:30 - 19:30 CDT
2003 SH: 05:50 - 19:30 CDT
2003 STag: 06:30 - 20:30 CDT
2004: 07:00 – 20:00 CDT
Jochens, A., D. Biggs, K. Benoit-Bird, D. Engelhaupt, J. Gordon, C. Hu, N. Jaquet, M. Johnson, R. Leben, B. Mate, P. Miller, J. Ortega-Ortiz, A. Thode, P. Tyack, and B. Würsig. 2008. Sperm whale seismic study in the Gulf of Mexico: Synthesis report. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA. OCS Study MMS 2008-006. 341 pp.
Jochens, A., D. Biggs, D. Engelhaupt, J. Gordon, N. Jaquet, M. Johnson, R. Leben, B. Mate, P. Miller, J. Ortega-Ortiz, A. Thode, P. Tyack, J. Wormuth, and B. Würsig. 2006. Sperm whale seismic study in the Gulf of Mexico; Summary Report, 2002-2004. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA. OCS Study MMS 2006-034. 352 pp.
Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
This section explains attributes included in the original dataset. OBIS-SEAMAP restricts the attributes available to the public to date/time, lat/lon and species names/counts only. Should you need other attributes described here, you are encouraged to contact the data provider.
Attributes in dataset provided
|Rays and sharks||0|
|Latitude||27.12 - 29.32|
|Longitude||-92.67 - -86.57|
|Coord. prec.||6 decimal digits|
|Data type||Animal sighting|
|Effort||YES (ID: 908)|
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|Also availalbe from||iOBIS|
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