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Opportunistic marine mammal sightings near Pemba, Mozambique

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Data of opportunistic marine mammals observation in Mozambique. more

Opportunistic observations were conducted on shore mainly from a terrace (about 10 to 12 m above sea level). All observations have been within a radius of less than 3 nautical miles from the point of observation on shore (binoculars 10x - 30x). For the observations that have not been from that reference observation spot, I recomputed the azimuth from the reference. Approximately 130+ observations of marine mammals species were recorded, along with the date, time, approximate weather condition, sea condition, and approximate distance and azimuth from an observation point onshore (point of regular observation: 12° 57' 53"S - 40° 31' 51" E). To increase accuracy of observation locations, I went to sea and took waypoints of where I observed the dolphins and whales. I then mapped these points on the nautical map of the region (new 2010 version - WGS 84). The original estimated distances were overestimated by far and the azimuth I was measuring was not that precise. Therefore, when I transformed the distance and azimuth of my observations I took these parameters into consideration and corrected them. The azimuths measured are accurate at 2 degrees. I estimate that the coordinates have a precision of about 0.1 to 0.2 minutes. In addition, direct observations while swimming 11 times (for one hour each time) next to them allowed closer observations. Observations were also made to identify 163 species of fish (on coral reef mainly) and geographic coordinates were recorded while regular diving and snorkeling within that zone. There were three species observed, mainly Tursiops aduncus, which seems to be a resident in the area. What I observed was that the animals were cruising always in the same area, day after day. Day after day, I could also recognize that it is the same group as one of the individuals has a dorsal fin cut! Group numbers are rough estimates.

Biology > Mammals
Marine, ISW, Indian Ocean, Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781), Stenella Gray, 1866, Tursiops Gervais, 1855

Geographical coverage
ISW, Indian Ocean [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
22 September 2009 - 29 August 2011

Taxonomic coverage
Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781) [WoRMS]
Stenella Gray, 1866 [WoRMS]
Tursiops Gervais, 1855 [WoRMS]

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Dataset information:

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2012-11-14
Information last updated: 2012-11-14
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