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BMM: The Belgian Marine Mammals Database (BMM)
Haelters, J., Jauniaux, T. (2019) The Belgian marine mammals database

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The marine mammals website ( in its current form is the result of a long-standing collaboration between RBINS and the University of Liège and provides access to data from 50 years of marine mammal observations in Belgium. The database that backs it consists of two parts, i.e. observations and information on necropsied tissues and subsequent diagnoses on the cause of the death of the animal. The database records all stranding events in Belgium from recent years. The dataset provides the occurrences and associated data like putative circumstances and putative cause of death.

Biology > Mammals
Marine/Coastal, Belgian part of the North Sea, Belgium coast, Sea mammals, Strandings, ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS), EurOBIS calculated BBOX, Cetacea, Pinnipedia

Geographical coverage
ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 0,2167; MinLat: 50,5167 - MaxLong: 4,8918; MaxLat: 52,5186 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
31 July 1945 - 25 June 2019

Taxonomic coverage
Cetacea [WoRMS]
Pinnipedia [WoRMS]

Data collections

Jauniaux, Thierry, data creator

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

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2018-07-20
Information last updated: 2019-08-06
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