Primary objectives of the survey were: (1) estimate the abundance of strategic species of pelagic dolphins and whales, such as, common, spotted and bottlenose dolphins, and sperm, pilot, and beaked whales, (2) estimate the abundance of all other dolphins and whales detected in these waters.
Secondary objectives included: (1) collect bongo, CTD, water depth and temperature data to correlate with ... the spatial distribution of the marine mammals, (2) conduct marine mammal photographic and video identification studies, and (3) collect biopsy samples.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: In addition to the sighting data, effort data was recorded every half hour or whenever conditions change. This dataset, therefore, should be used with the effort data.
CURRENTNESS REFERENCE: ground condition
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