Collections

List of biodiversity data collections.

Restricted to Taxa group Whales

Included are those collections that are published via the DiGIR protocol to SCAR-MarBIN - SCAR Marine Biodiversity Information Network, OBIS - Ocean Biogeographic Information System and GBIF - Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

The reference to SCAR-MarBIN is the count of records that fall within the spatial coverage of the SCAR-MarBIN portal. This was defined as the CCAMLR statistical reporting subareas (view map from SCAR Map Catalogue) but has now been extended to further north to include significant breeding sites such as Macquarie Island. See current region of interest map.

Collection NameCustodianView Map and DataStatistics
ARGOS Tracking

ARGOS Tracking devices called PTTs are attached to several species of birds, seals and whales. Locations include Heard and Macquarie islands, Auster and Taylor rookery, Berchervaise island and islands in the Antarctic peninsula.

Taxa - Birds, Penguins, Seals, Whales,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [argos_tracking] Date activated - November 2005
AADC

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 19
Records:366,689
SCAR-MarBIN:360,669
Extents
Latitude: - 77.4 to - 22.5
Longitude: -180.0 to 191.0
Years: 1990 to 2011
Cetacean Sightings Survey and Southern Ocean cetacean program

This dataset includes sightings, resightings and incidental sightings from Australian Antarctic Division voyages of whales in the Southern Ocean. These data will allow us to connect fine scale variability with regional and circum-Antarctic processes, and eventually to understand how the dynamics of the Antarctic ecosystem and environmental change might affect the recovery of whale populations.

Taxa - Whales,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [whale_survey] Date activated - September 2006
Deborah Thiele

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 16
Records: 1,208
SCAR-MarBIN: 1,059
Extents
Latitude: - 69.4 to - 42.0
Longitude: 60.1 to 159.0
Years: 1995 to 2004
Cetacean Sightings Survey and Southern Ocean Cetacean Program - BROKE-West

The SOCEP research objective is to detect and document cetacean sightings and relevant environmental and other information throughout the voyage. The BROKE-West multidisciplinary voyage provides an opportunity to correlate sightings data with oceanographic and biology research conducted by other programs. Search effort is conducted over a broad range of weather conditions. The majority of Antarctic species are medium to large whales, with cues that can be detected in relatively high Beaufort sea states up to and including Beaufort Sea State 7.

Taxa - Whales,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [whale_survey_broke_west] Date activated - 9-June-2011
Deborah Thiele

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 11
Records: 321
SCAR-MarBIN: 321
Extents
Latitude: - 69.1 to - 60.1
Longitude: 30.0 to 81.3
Years: 2006 to 2006
National Whale and Dolphin Sightings and Strandings Database

Sightings of whales in waters around Australia with some ad-hoc observations in the Antarctic.

Taxa - Whales,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [nssd] Date activated - February 2006
DEWHA

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 32
Records: 2,176
SCAR-MarBIN: 84
Extents
Latitude: - 77.4 to 38.9
Longitude: -176.0 to - 70.0
Years: 1955 to 1999
Orca observations from the shores of Macquarie Island

This dataset contains sporadic shore based observations of killer whales (Orcinus orca) from Macquarie Island from 1989 to 1998 (inclusive).

Taxa - Whales,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [orca] Date activated - August 2006
AADC

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 1
Records: 248
SCAR-MarBIN: 248
Extents
Latitude: - 54.8 to - 54.5
Longitude: 158.8 to 159.0
Years: 1989 to 1998
Seabirds of the Southern and South Indian Ocean

Seabird observations from ships either performing marine science work or taking personnel and cargo to various Antarctic stations. Incidental observations of whales and seals are also noted. This set also contains data from the BIOMASS cruises in the 1980's.

Taxa - Birds, Seals, Whales,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [seabirds] Date activated - November 2003
Dr Eric Woehler

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 126
Records:150,899
SCAR-MarBIN:133,057
Extents
Latitude: - 69.9 to 38.3
Longitude: -174.9 to 173.7
Years: 1977 to 2006
Whale catches in the Southern Ocean

Season whale catch records for austral summers from 1931/32 to 1979/80. Data has been aggregated into one degree cells centered on the reported position.

Taxa - Whales,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [whale_catch] Date activated - December 2003
AADC

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 6
Records: 7,122
SCAR-MarBIN: 7,122
Extents
Latitude: - 67.5 to - 57.5
Longitude: 54.5 to 105.5
Years: 1932 to 1980
Whale log - observations from ANARE voyages

On many voyages, a separate whale log was kept on the bridge for crew or expeditioners to note any incidental whale sightings. This collection aggregates all known whale log entries into one set with links to each voyage. Databases such the Wildlife on Voyage also contain whale observations as extras from the primary purpose of seabird observations and are kept with that collection.

Taxa - Whales,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [whale_log] Date activated - Feb 2009
Crew and expeditioners on voyage

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 12
Records: 169
SCAR-MarBIN: 165
Extents
Latitude: - 69.0 to - 41.4
Longitude: 61.8 to 159.0
Years: 1963 to 1997
Whale Observations from the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE) voyages 1929-30 and 1930-31

Observations of whales collated from the logs of the two British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE) voyages 19-Oct-1929 to 1-April-1930 and 22-Nov-1930 to 19-Mar-1931. Covers six whale species - Blue, Fin, Sei, Minke, Orca and Humpback. Any whale observations which were not identified at the species level have been excluded from this collection.

Taxa - Whales,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [banzare_whales] Date activated - Jan 2009
T. H. Johnston

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 8
Records: 144
SCAR-MarBIN: 140
Extents
Latitude: - 67.0 to - 36.9
Longitude: 19.7 to 177.0
Years: 1929 to 1931
Total records:    528,976
Records to SCAR-MarBIN:    502,865