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Citation
Olson, P., Double, M., Andrews-Goff, V. (2018, updated 2018) Reconciled photo identification of all blue whales identified during the New Zealand Australia Antarctic Ecosystems Voyage 2015 Australian Antarctic Data Centre - doi:10.4225/15/5ae672875a440
Title
Reconciled photo identification of all blue whales identified during the New Zealand Australia Antarctic Ecosystems Voyage 2015
Data Centre
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia
DOI
doi:10.4225/15/5ae672875a440
Created Date
2018-04-30
Revision Date
2018-04-30
Parent record
AAS_4102_2015_New_Zealand_Australia_Antarctic_Ecosystems_Voyage

Description

A spreadsheet detailing the filenames of the best left and/or right photos of blue whales photographed and individually identified during the New Zealand Australia Antarctic Ecosystems Voyage 2015.

See http://www.marinemammals.gov.au/sorp/antarctic-blue-whale-project for further detail regarding the Antarctic blue whale voyage.

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Purpose

Individual blue whales are identifiable from unique patterns of mottled pigment on both sides of the body, and also from variations in dorsal fin shape and any permanent scars that may be present. Individual identification allows the production of sightings histories required for a mark-recapture approach to estimating abundance. These data will also provide information on blue whale population structure and movement. All photo ID images can be found here: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.4225/15/59d43810ce55a

The IWC Southern Ocean Research Partnership has developed guidelines to enable the photo identification of blue whales. These guidelines can be found here: http://www.marinemammals.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/141482/Blue_photoID_guide_2014.3.pdf

Access

These data are publicly available for download from the provided URL.

Temporal Coverages

Spatial Coverages

Science Keywords

Additional Keywords

  • ANTARCTIC BLUE WHALE
  • IWC SORP
  • BLUE WHALE
  • MARK RECAPTURE

Locations

  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR
  • OCEAN > SOUTHERN OCEAN
  • CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA

Platforms

  • R/V TANGAROA

Instruments

  • CAMERAS

Researchers

  • olson, paula (INVESTIGATOR,TECHNICAL CONTACT)
  • double, mike (INVESTIGATOR)
  • andrews-goff, virginia (INVESTIGATOR,TECHNICAL CONTACT,DIF AUTHOR)

Use Constraints

This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).

Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=AAS_4102_photoID2015 when using these data.

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