BOEM Sperm Whale Seismic Study (SWSS) PhotoID 2002-2005
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Dataset credit

Texas A&M University

Oregon State University

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Texas A&M University-Galveston

University of Colorado

University of Durham

University of Saint Andrews

University of South Florida

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Contacts

RoleNameOrganization 
Primary contact Deborah Epperson Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University

Citation

Abstract

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.

Purpose

N/A

Supplemental information

This dataset includes PhotoID data in SWSS surveys from 2002-2005. Sperm whale visual trackings and sightings of other cetaceans are avainable in several SWSS datasets.

References

Attributes

Overview

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
oid
idRow ID in the original table
originatorSurvey name
originatoridDolphin ID assigned in each survey
datetimegmtDate and time in GMT
obs_datetimeDate and time (local time zone)
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
seriesDolphin ID assigned by OBIS-SEAMAP (Same as whale_id)
whale_idWhale ID (long term ID)
whale_nameWhale name
sp_obsSpecies name recorded
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
obs_countAnimal count (always 1)
callusCallus
age_classCoded age class
genderGender
markednessMarkedness
estimatedpositionEstimated position
trackperiodTrack period
filenameImage file name
isactualimageIndicate if the associated image was taken on the same date as the record
resources
osu_idOSU ID
dtag_idDTag ID
nmfs_idNMFS ID
gcet_idGCET ID
pptPPT#
biopsyBiospy notes
biopsyidBiopsy ID
biopsy_noBiopsy No.
confidenceConfidence
comments1Comments
notesNotes
OBIS-SEAMAP ID910
Seabirds0
Marine mammals750
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Total750
Date, Begin2002-06-24
Date, End2005-08-01
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude26.54 - 29.31
Longitude-96.05 - -86.12
Coord. prec.2 decimal digits
PlatformBoat
Data typePhoto ID
EffortN/A
Registered2013-03-22
Updated2013-03-29
StatusPublished
Sharing policy CC-BY (All)
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