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BOEM Sperm Whale Seismic Study (SWSS) S-Tag Argos Telemetry

Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Notes: Only data aggregated per 1-degree cell are available through OBIS. The non-aggregated data are available through the OBIS-SEAMAP Portal

Dataset with telemetry and photoID information of sperm whales in the northern Gulf of Mexico. more

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.

The base of this dataset is ARGOS telemetry location data that were deployed in S-Tag cruises in 2002-2005. The TagID (PTT#) and PhotoID, if available, were used to associate additional attributes such as biopsy and fin images with individual animals. These attributes will be released upon data provider's permission.

Biology > Mammals
Marine, ASW, Mexico Gulf, Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758

Geographical coverage
ASW, Mexico Gulf [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
24 June 2002 - 6 October 2006

Taxonomic coverage
Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), moredata owner
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), more

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Dataset information:

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2012-11-12
Information last updated: 2013-04-25
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