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The 2009 "Ecosystem Survey of Delphinus Species" research survey focused on the two species of common dolphin, Delphinus delphis and D. capensis, found off southern California, USA, and Baja California, Mexico. The primary objective was to provide information to improve conservation and management plans for these species. The project used a multidisciplinary approach. For both Delphinus species, data were collected to estimate abundance, pregnancy and birth rates, timing of reproduction, gene flow, and contaminant concentrations. Oceanographic data were collected to characterize habitat, and data on distribution and abundance of seabirds, prey fishes, and squids were collected to further characterize the ecosystem in which these dolphins live. more

Photographs of dolphin schools were taken from a NOAA Twin Otter aircraft while the survey was being conducted. The aerial photographs will provide count and measurement data to calibrate observer estimates of school size and to estimate timing of reproduction and birth rates. This research will facilitate understanding population demography of these species in an ecosystem framework. Essential information about the primary focal species, D. capensis, will greatly increase our knowledge about this coastal species and the geographic extent of a Mexico-U.S. transboundary stock. For additional information about the Delphinus cruise, please see

Purpose: The primary objectives of the 2009 Delphinus ecosystem cruise were (1) to characterize the distribution, habitat and reproductive characteristics of long- and short-beaked common dolphins, and (2) to improve non-lethal sampling techniques for studying reproduction in wild, free-ranging cetaceans.
This dataset is supplemental to the following datasets: SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, PODS 1992, Cruise 1467 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, PODS 1992, Cruise 1468 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, PODS 1993, Cruise 1508 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, PODS 1993, Cruise 1509

Biology > Mammals
Marine, INE, USA, Pacific Northwest, Cetacea

Geographical coverage
INE, USA, Pacific Northwest [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
7 September 2009 - 5 December 2009

Taxonomic coverage
Cetacea [WoRMS]

Animal sightings, Occurrence of biota

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Fisheries Service; Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), moredata creator

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Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-04-14
Information last updated: 2015-04-14
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