SCANS II cetacean sightings on tracker platform of vessel surveys 2005

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Original provider: Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St. Andrews Dataset credits: Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St. Andrews Supplemental information: [2020-09-30] The following invalid species names were corrected according to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). Turtles: Testudines (173749) => Testudines (948936) Surveys from seven different vessels were merged. Each vessel contained two sightings platforms running concurrently – primary and tracker. This dataset includes sightings from the tracker platform. Sightings from the primary platform are registered in SCANS II cetacean sightings on primary platform of vessel surveys 2005. Effort or vessel tracks for these surveys are provided with the primary platform dataset. Survey conditions such as sea state, glare, swell, wind are found in the effort data. In the tracker platform, Big-eye binoculars were used. The trackers used to track groups of animals as they came passed the boat and record them accordingly. However, this dataset does not contain such duplicates.

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Lacey, C. 2014. SCANS II cetacean sightings on tracker platform of vessel surveys 2005. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1152) on yyyy-mm-dd.


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Occurrence,Marine Animal Survey,Marine Biology,Marine mammals,Sea turtles,Visual Sighting,Vessel; Observation; Occurrence

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Claire Lacey
  • Owner
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Primary contact
Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St. Andrews
  • Metadata Provider
  • Distributor
Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University
A328 LSRC building
27708 Durham

Geographic Coverage

North Atlantic Ocean,European Atlantic shelf waters

Bounding Coordinates South West [35.95, -11.76], North East [62.1, 12.62]

Taxonomic Coverage

Scientific names are based on the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

Subclass Elasmobranchii (cartilaginous fishes)
Order Cetacea (cetaceans), Cetacea (cetaceans), Cetacea (cetaceans), Testudines (Turtles), Cetacea (cetaceans)
Suborder Caniformia (pinnipeds), Odontoceti (toothed whales)
Family Delphinidae (dolphins), Delphinidae (dolphins), Delphinidae (dolphins)
Genus Lagenorhynchus (white-beaked dolphins)
Species Tursiops truncatus (Common Bottlenose Dolphin), Cetorhinus maximus (basking shark), Ziphius cavirostris (Cuvier's Beaked Whale), Delphinus delphis (Short-beaked Common Dolphin), Balaenoptera physalus (Fin Whale), Phocoena phocoena (Harbor Porpoise), Halichoerus grypus (Atlantic gray seal), Phocoena phocoena (Harbor Porpoise), Orcinus orca (Killer Whale), Globicephala melas (Long-finned Pilot Whale), Dermochelys coriacea (Leatherback Sea Turtle), Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Balaenoptera acutorostrata (Minke Whale), Phoca vitulina (Harbor Seal), Grampus griseus (Risso's Dolphin), Stenella coeruleoalba (Striped Dolphin), Lagenorhynchus albirostris (White-beaked Dolphin), Lagenorhynchus acutus (Atlantic White-sided Dolphin)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2005-06-29 / 2005-07-28

Project Data

No Description available

Title SCANS II cetacean sightings on tracker platform of vessel surveys 2005
Funding NA

The personnel involved in the project:

Claire Lacey
  • Owner

Sampling Methods


Study Extent NA

Method step description:

  1. NA

Collection Data

Collection Name zd_1152
Collection Identifier zd_1152
Parent Collection Identifier OBIS-SEAMAP

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Purpose Not available
Alternative Identifiers http://ipt.env.duke.edu/resource?r=zd_1152