Canada Maritimes Regional Cetacean S…

Occurrence dataset published by Ocean Biogeographic Information System

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Canada Maritimes Regional Cetacean Sightings (OBIS Canada)


This is an OBIS formatted version of the Canadian government's Department of Fisheries and Oceans Maritimes Region database for visual sightings of cetaceans (e.g. whales, dolphins and porpoises) and other large pelagic animals (e.g. fish and turtles) mostly from the Scotian Shelf/Bay of Fundy portions of Canada's east coast. Sources for the sightings are diverse (e.g. NGO researchers, fistheries observers, private consultants, etc...), mostly onboard ship and mostly collected since the late 1990's. More detailed information on the individual sightings and animal behaviour are available from project personnel. OBIS Schema concepts implemented in this data set are:DateLastModified, InstitutionCode, CollectionCode, CatalogNumber, ScientificName, BasisOfRecord, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species, ScientificNameAuthor, Collector, YearCollected, MonthCollected, DayCollected, JulianDay, TimeOfDay, ContinentOcean, Longitude, Latitude, Notes, StartYearCollected, EndYearCollected, StartMonthCollected, EndMonthCollected, StartDayCollected, EndDayCollected, StartTimeofDay, EndtimeofDay, TimeZone, StartLongitude, EndLongitude, StartLatitude, EndLatitude, ObservedIndividualCount. For OBIS Schema concept details see

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30,501 Georeferenced data