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Mystic Aquarium's marine mammal and sea turtle stranding data 1976-2011
Citation
Smith, Ainsley. 2014. Mystic Aquarium's marine mammal and sea turtle stranding data 1976-2011. Provided by Mystic Aquarium and downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP on (access date)

Access data
Archived data
Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Description
Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program supports animals in need, educates the public about the marine environment and its inhabitants, and promotes our mission to inspire people to care about and protect our ocean planet. Mystic Aquarium is a founding member of the Northeast Region Stranding Network. The network consists of independent organizations dedicated to caring for sick and injured marine animals and learning more about the reasons they come ashore. Only groups and facilities authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service are permitted to handle these animals, which are protected under federal law. more

The efforts of the Aquarium and its volunteer "first responder" network are centered on the coasts of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Fishers Island, New York, USA, but the Aquarium has also supported institutions from Maine to New Jersey, and even in Texas, when other institutions have needed support for their operations. To date the Aquarium has responded to more than 1100 stranded seals, whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles. From 2007 to 2012, we have responded to 376 strandings and 426 sightings and accepted 113 seals from other facilities for rehabilitation.
Aquarium scientists maintain data on marine mammal and sea turtle strandings and sightings as a means of monitoring the behavior and health of these animals, always vigilant for changes in patterns that might signal an unusual event such as a viral outbreak or a toxic algal bloom. The condition of these animals reveals much about the health of our oceans.
April 9, 2013: Time of stranding was not available, so 00:00:00 was used; two records did not have month or day available, so Jan 1 was used.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Mammals, Biology > Reptiles
Keywords:
Marine, ANW, USA, Connecticut, ANW, USA, Connecticut, Fishers Island Sound, ANW, USA, Rhode Island, Cetacea, Testudines

Geographical coverage
ANW, USA, Connecticut [Marine Regions]
ANW, USA, Connecticut, Fishers Island Sound [Marine Regions]
ANW, USA, Rhode Island [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
18 March 1976 - 29 December 2011

Taxonomic coverage
Cetacea [WoRMS]
Testudines [WoRMS]

Parameter
Occurrence of biota

Contributors
Duke University, moredata creator Mystic Aquarium, moredata provider

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

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