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SEFSC Gomex Shelf 1994
NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center. 1994. Summer eastern Gulf of Mexico marine mammal survey; Oregon II cruise 212 (94-04)

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This dataset contains sightings of not only cetaceans but also other species including sea turtles, fish and shark observed during the ship survey. There was a total of 299 sighted species herds composed of 4,370 individual animals, including: Atlantic spotted dolphin, Clymene dolphin, Cuvier’s beaked whale, hardshell sea turtles, Kemp’s ridley, leatherback sea turtle, loggerhead sea turtle, pantropical spotted dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, rough-toothed dolphin, sperm whale, spinner dolphin, standard bottlenose dolphin, and striped dolphin. more

An eastern Gulf of Mexico cetacean survey was conducted in 1994 by the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center. The purpose of this survey is to examine the distribution and estimate abundance of cetaceans in United States 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, and 6. Collect data on the distribution and type of marine debris encountered during the survey.

Biology > Birds, Biology > Mammals, Biology > Reptiles
Marine, ASW, Mexico Gulf, Aves, Cetacea, Testudines

Geographical coverage
ASW, Mexico Gulf [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
16 August 1994 - 8 September 1994

Taxonomic coverage
Aves [WoRMS]
Cetacea [WoRMS]
Testudines [WoRMS]

Federal Government of the United States of America; Department of Commerce; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; National Marine Fisheries Service; Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), moredata owner

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OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

Based on this dataset:
NOAA (1994). OREGON II cruise 212 (94-04), August 16 – September 9, 1994. [S.n.]: [s.l.]. 4 + tables + figures pp., more


Dataset information:

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research
Metadatarecord created: 2012-11-12
Information last updated: 2012-11-13
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