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Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Sightings in the Vicinity of the Maryland Wind Energy Area 2013-2015
Barco S. 2015. Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Sightings in the Vicinity of the Maryland Wind Energy Area 2013-2015. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd.
Contact: Barco, Susan

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There have been no consistent, year-round marine mammal surveys of the ocean waters off of Maryland since the late 1970s (Scott et al. 1979). Current survey efforts by the National Marine Fisheries Service and partner agencies as part of the Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (AMAPPS) include broad scale surveys that may not provide sufficient data for the Maryland Wind Energy Area. Data on protected species presence and seasonality are needed to inform state and federal agencies responsible for permitting offshore energy development and construction (BOEM 2013). more

The goal of this two year effort was designed to provide fine scale data on presence of protected species, especially large whales, for Maryland’s wind development efforts.

Static line transect image is available to visualize.

Biology > Fish, Biology > Mammals, Biology > Reptiles
Marine, Wind farms, ANW, USA, Maryland, Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacépède, 1804, Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758), Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758), Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758), Delphinus delphis Linnaeus, 1758, Dermochelys coriacea (Vandelli, 1761), Eubalaena glacialis (Müller, 1776), Lagenorhynchus acutus (Gray, 1828), Lepidochelys kempii (Garman, 1880), Manta birostris (Walbaum, 1792), Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781), Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758), Myliobatis aquila (Linnaeus, 1758), Rhinoptera bonasus (Mitchill, 1815), Stenella frontalis (Cuvier, 1829), Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821)

Geographical coverage
ANW, USA, Maryland [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
30 July 2013 - 26 June 2015

Taxonomic coverage
Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacépède, 1804 [WoRMS]
Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Delphinus delphis Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Dermochelys coriacea (Vandelli, 1761) [WoRMS]
Eubalaena glacialis (Müller, 1776) [WoRMS]
Lagenorhynchus acutus (Gray, 1828) [WoRMS]
Lepidochelys kempii (Garman, 1880) [WoRMS]
Manta birostris (Walbaum, 1792) [WoRMS]
Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781) [WoRMS]
Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Myliobatis aquila (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Rhinoptera bonasus (Mitchill, 1815) [WoRMS]
Stenella frontalis (Cuvier, 1829) [WoRMS]
Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821) [WoRMS]

Animal sightings, Occurrence of biota

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, moredata creator

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

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring
Metadatarecord created: 2016-05-26
Information last updated: 2016-06-02
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