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Incidental sightings of marine mammals

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Description
Data on incidental sightings of cetaceans reported to the Institute of Marine Research by letter or telephone, as well as information from newspapers, have been collected since 1967. From the late 1970s, data have also been obtained from research vessels, coast guard vessels, some fishing vessels and inspectors. These reports contain basic information on date, position and species, but also additional information such as group sizes. These sightings are not useful for assessing abundance, but might reveal distributional aspects. Most of the reports come from the northern areas (Barents Sea); this is clearly related to the distribution of the activities which form the basis for this kind of reporting.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Mammals
Keywords:
Marine, A, North Atlantic, ANE, Denmark Strait, ANE, Greenland Sea, ANE, North Sea, ANE, Norwegian Sea, ANW, Davis Strait, PNE, Barents Sea, Mammalia

Geographical coverage
A, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ANE, Denmark Strait [Marine Regions]
ANE, Greenland Sea [Marine Regions]
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]
ANE, Norwegian Sea [Marine Regions]
ANW, Davis Strait [Marine Regions]
PNE, Barents Sea [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From 1980 on [Completed]

Taxonomic coverage
Mammalia [WoRMS]

Parameter
Animal sightings

Contributors
Institute of Marine Research (IMR), more
Institute of Marine Research; Marine Mammals Research Group, moredata creator

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Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2017-07-07
Information last updated: 2017-07-07
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