SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, Vaquita 2008, Cruise 1637

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC)

Dataset credit

Marine Mammal and Turtle Division, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, NOAA


Primary contact Jeffrey Moore Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
Secondary contact Dave Weller NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University



The 2008 Vaquita Expedition was a joint US-Mexican effort to provide the best scientific data possible to aid the government of Mexico in conservation decisions for the vaquita. The study area was the northern end of the Gulf of California south to about 30.8 degrees north latitude. A line-transect survey of the deeper water of the study area was conducted by the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center aboard the NOAA ship David Starr Jordan in October and November 2008. This dataset provides the time-date and geographical coordinates, by species/stock, of all cetaceans detected during the survey, as well as the daily and intra-daily start and end points of the line-transect survey.


The primary objective was to collect data to estimate the abundance vaquita, or Gulf of California harbor porpoise.

Supplemental information

This dataset is supplemental to the following datasets:
SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, Vaquita 1997, Cruise 1608




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 described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
All attributes are included in the downloadable file (CSV or ESRI File Geodatabase) for "Complete Set of Dataset".

Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
cruiseCruise No
obs_dateDate of the sighting
obs_timeTime of the sighting (local time zone)
sighting_noSighting No.
species_orgSpecies code in original format
sp_obsSpecies code recorded
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
obs_countGroup size
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
Marine mammals313
Sea turtles12
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2008-10-16
Date, End2008-11-25
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude30.62 - 31.47
Longitude-114.73 - -114.32
Coord. prec.2 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortYES (ID: 1068)
Traveled (km)1,868
Effort hours190
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