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MONICET: Long-term cetacean monitoring in the Azores based on whale watching observations (2009-2020)
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Azevedo, J. M. N.; Fernández, M.; González García, L.; (2021) MONICET: long-term cetacean monitoring in the Azores based on whale watching observations (2009-2020).
Contact: N. Azevedo, José Manuel

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The dataset was colected by whale watching companies in the Azores between 2009 and 2020 as a contribution to the long term monitoring of cetaceans. It contains the identification of the species observed, the geographic position of the observation, the life stages and its respective abundance and behavior, as well as related environmental variables (sea state, visibility). more

"MONICET is a collaborative platform to collect, organize and disseminate cetacean occurrence data and photo-identification images collected by whale watching companies in the Azores. Data were collected from 2009 to 2020 in collaboration with twelve different whale watching companies located in four different islands: São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial. Data was collected and inserted in the MONICET database by qualified guides or biologists onboard and validated by the research team responsible for the MONICET platform."

Biology > Mammals, Biology > Reptiles
Marine/Coastal, Distribution records, Ecology, Geographical distribution, Marine mammals, Spatial distribution, Temporal variations, Whale-tourism, ANE, Azores, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, Cetacea, Cheloniidae Oppel, 1811, Dermochelyidae Fitzinger, 1843

Geographical coverage
ANE, Azores [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -28,9987; MinLat: 37,3118 - MaxLong: -25,0008; MaxLat: 38,908 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
1 January 2009 - 12 December 2020

Taxonomic coverage
Cetacea [WoRMS]
Cheloniidae Oppel, 1811 [WoRMS]
Dermochelyidae Fitzinger, 1843 [WoRMS]

Count of marine mammals

Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação Tecnologia e Inovação (ARDITI)data creator
Aqua Açoresdata provider
Atlantiangradata provider
Azores Experiencesdata provider
Espaço Talassadata provider
Futurismo Azores Adventuresdata provider
Ocean Emotiondata provider
Peter Whale Watchdata provider
Picos de Aventuradata provider
Sea Colorsdata provider
Terra Azuldata provider
Terra do Picodata provider
University of Lisbon; Faculty of Sciences; Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (CE3C)data creator
University of Lisbon; Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre - Madeira (MARE-Madeira)data creator
University of the Azores; Azorean Biodiversity Group (GBA)data creator

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EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

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Cecchetti, A. (2017). Effects of tourism operations on the behavioural patterns of dolphin populations off the Azores with particular emphasis on the common dolphin (Delphinus delphis). PhD Thesis. Universidade dos Açores: Ponta Delgada. XV pp.
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Fernández Morrón, M. (2017). Modelling the ecological niche of cetaceans: new perspectives and applications. PhD Thesis. Universidade dos Açores: Ponta Delgada. 21 pp.
Hartman, K.L. et al. (2015). Sex differences in residency patterns of Risso's dolphins (Grampus griseus) in the Azores: Causes and management implications. Mar. Mamm. Sci. 31(3): 1153-1167.

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2021-12-07
Information last updated: 2022-01-17
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