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SEFSC GoMex Oceanic 1999
NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center. 1999. Report of a Cetacean Survey of Oceanic Waters of the Northern Gulf of Mexico aboard NOAA Ship Oregon II (Cruise 234)

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Data of a survey in northern U.S. Gulf of Mexico conducted in 1999 to examine cetacean abundances in both oceanic and continental shelf waters. more

A spring cetacean survey in the northern U.S. Gulf of Mexico was conducted in 1999 by NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center and Minerals Management Service to examine cetacean abundances in both oceanic and continental shelf waters. This survey was conducted in coordination with the spring Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) ichthyoplankton survey. The dataset contains sightings of not only cetaceans but also other species including sea turtles, fish and shark observed during the ship survey. During the 36 survey days, at least 18 species were sighted, including Bryde's whale Sperm whale Dwarf/pygmy sperm whale Cuvier's beaked whale Striped dolphin Spinner dolphin Clymene dolphin Pantropical spotted dolphin Atlantic spotted dolphin Bottlenose dolphin Rough-toothed dolphin Risso's dolphin Killer whale False killer whale Pilot whale Pygmy killer whale Melon-headed whale The dataset is accompanied by transect data which is provided as a separate file. Purpose The purpose of this survey is to examine the distribution and estimate abundance of cetaceans in U.S. waters. Specific objectives of this survey are: 1. Collect ichthyoplankton samples for estimates of the abundance and distribution of Atlantic bluefin tuna larvae. 2. Collect data to estimate the abundance and distribution of cetaceans in the oceanic northern Gulf of Mexico. 3. collect associated environmental data at all designated ichthyoplankton stations. 4. Collect data on the distribution of sea turtles, seabirds and other marine life. 5. Obtain biopsy samples of skin and blubber from selected cetacean species for genetic stock structure and contaminant analyses. 6. Obtain photographs of selected cetacean species for photo-identification studies. 7. Collect data on distribution and type of marine debris encountered during the survey.

Biology > Birds, Biology > Fish, Biology > Mammals, Biology > Reptiles
Marine/Coastal, ASW, Mexico Gulf, Aves, Cetacea, Pisces, Testudines

Geographical coverage
ASW, Mexico Gulf [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
23 April 1999 - 1 June 1999

Taxonomic coverage
Aves [WoRMS]
Cetacea [WoRMS]
Pisces [WoRMS]
Testudines [WoRMS]

Federal Government of the United States of America; Department of Commerce; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; National Marine Fisheries Service; Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), moredata owner

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Based on this dataset
NOAA (1999). Cruise results. Spring Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) ichtyoplankton survey and cetacean survey. NOAA ship Oregon II cruise OT-99-03 (234), 22 April – 2 June 1999. [S.n.]: [s.l.]. 9 + tables + figures pp., more

Dataset information:

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research
Metadatarecord created: 2012-11-20
Information last updated: 2012-11-20
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