NOAA Eastern Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Survey 1994; SightingsEntry ID: seamap35
Abstract: A Eastern Gulf of Mexico cetacean survey was conducted in 1994 by NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center to examine the distribution and estimate abundance of cetaceans in U.S. waters. This dataset contains sightings of not only cetaceans but also other species including sea turtles, fish and shark observed during the ship survey.
Sighted species numbers 299 herds composed of 4,370 total individual animals, including
Atlantic spotted dolphin
Cuvier's beaked whale
Pantropical spotted dolphin
Standard Bottlenose dolphin
The dataset is accompanied by transect data which is provided as a separate file.
Purpose: The purpose of this survey is to examine the distribution and estimate abundance of cetaceans in U.S. waters, which should meet the responsibility under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. Specific objectives of this survey are:
1. Collect data to estimate abundances and define the distributions of marine mammals in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
2. Collect associated ... environmental data at designated stations.
3. Obtain biopsy samples of skin and blubber from selected cetacean species.
4. Conduct a shallow water (10 to 20 fathoms) experiment on dolphin attraction to a vessel.
5. Collect data on the distribution and abundance of sea turtles, seabirds and other marine life. 6. Collect data on the distribution and type of marine debris encountered during the survey.
CURRENTNESS REFERENCE: ground condition
SPATIAL DATA ORGANIZATION INFORMATION
Direct Spatial Reference: Vector SDTS
Point and Vector Object Type: Entity point
Point and Vector Object Count: 2092
SPATIAL REFERENCE INFORMATION - GEODETIC MODEL
Horizontal Datum Name: D_WGS_1984
Ellipsoid Name: WGS_1984
Semi-major Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator of Flattening Ratio: 298.257224
NATIVE: Microsoft Windows 2000 Version 5.0 (Build 2195) Service Pack 4; ESRI ArcCatalog 126.96.36.1990
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)
Dataset Title: NOAA Eastern Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Survey 1994; Sightings
Dataset Series Name: OBIS-SEAMAP
Dataset Release Date: 2004-06-03 14:19:23.595143-04
Dataset Release Place: http://seamap.env.duke.edu/
Dataset Publisher: OBIS-SEAMAP
Issue Identification: SEFSC
Data Presentation Form: vector digital dataOnline Resource: http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov
This data set description is a member of a collection. The collection is described in
Start Date: 1994-08-16Stop Date: 1994-09-08
ISO Topic Category
Distribution Media: Electronic
Distribution Format: HTML, PDF
Role: SERF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
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Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (303) 492-6818
Fax: (303) 492-2151
Email: hazctr at colorado.edu
Natural Hazards Center University of Colorado 482 UCB
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0482
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