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IMMRAC marine mammal sightings from the Red Sea
Kerem, Dani. 2014. IMMRAC marine mammal sightings from the Red Sea. Provided by Israel Marine Mammal Research and Assistance Center (IMMRAC) and downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP on (access date)
Contact: Marine Laboratory, more

Availability: Restricted
The data are withheld from general circulation and disclosure but access may be obtained on a case-by-case basis through negotiation

IMMRAC is a purely voluntary registered nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of cetacean populations in the Eastern Mediterranean and in the noethern Red Sea, through scientific research and public education. IMMRAC is a partner of ACCOBAMS. Research activities are under the academic auspices of the Institute for Maritime Studies, School of Marine Sciences in the University of Haifa. Open Sea research activity along the 190 km-long Israeli Mediterranean coast is conducted throughout the year, weather permitting. It focuses on the socio-ecology of the resident bottlenose dolphin population through half-day surveys from inflatable boats and private yachts. Due to logistic reasons, open sea research in the Red Sea is opportunistic and sporadic. more

IMMRAC collates shore-based and boat-based cetacean sightings, the latter from dedicated surveys as well as from platforms of opportunity, made by its own staff or reported to it by other parties. The latter are mostly backed by photographs/videos or else, are indisputably accredited through careful interrogation by IMMRAC experts in real time and/or soon after the sighting, aided by a pictorial guide.
Some records had estimates, minimums, or ranges for group sizes - these were converted to numbers, minimum + 1, or the median number (rounded down), respectively, for the number of animals observed.

Biology > Mammals
Marine, ISW, Red Sea, Cetacea

Geographical coverage
ISW, Red Sea [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
4 May 1994 - 26 March 2014

Taxonomic coverage
Cetacea [WoRMS]

Animal sightings, Occurrence of biota

Duke University; Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences; Marine Laboratory, more
University of Haifa; The Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies; Israel Marine Mammal Research and Assistance Center (IMMRAC), moredata creator

Related datasets
Published in:
OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-03-17
Information last updated: 2017-12-15
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