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Incidental sightings of marine mammals
Contact: Hartvedt, Siri

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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.

Biology > Mammals
Marine/Coastal, fishing vessel, Marine mammals, research vessel, surface vessel, A, North Atlantic, ANE, Denmark Strait, ANE, Greenland Sea, ANE, North Sea, ANE, Norwegian Sea, ANW, Davis Strait, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, 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]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -71,47; MinLat: 23,78 - MaxLong: 69,32; MaxLat: 84,05 [WGS84]
PNE, Barents Sea [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From 1980 on [Completed]

Taxonomic coverage
Mammalia [WoRMS]

Animal sightings, Count (in assayed sample) of biological entity specified elsewhere

Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
Ă˜ien, Nils
Hartvedt, Siri
Institute of Marine Research; Marine Mammals Research Groupdata creator

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EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2017-07-07
Information last updated: 2022-08-16
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