This dataset is of unclassified incidental sightings of cetaceans from UK Royal Navy ships. The dataset is global in coverage.
THe RN often operate in remote areas and it is hoped that by collecting this sort of data the RN may be able to contribute to a better scientific understanding of cetacean distributions/ breeding areas/ migration routese etc. By ensuring that RN personnel keep watch for cetaceans this helps them to comply with current risk mitigation measures.
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
HORIZONTAL POSITIONAL ACCURACY REPORT: Standard ships GPS used to record positions.
ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: Open public unless otherwise noted.
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