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Whale log - observations from ANARE voyages
Watts, D. (2009) Whale log - observations from ANARE voyages , Australian Antarctic Data Centre - CAASM Metadata (
Contact: Watts, Dave

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Ship-based observations of whales sightings from the original 'ANARE Whale Log' books have been recovered into a single repository of sightings. ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions) is the historic acronym for these voyages. more

Currently there are data from 4 voyages, from the 1990's. Further data will be entered from existing Whale log datasheets on an onging basis. Observing platforms currently only include the ship, Aurora Australis. The quality and quantity of abiotic data associated with observations such as air temperature, sea ice cover etc vary immensely from voyage to voyage. Where possible these data have been entered. This dataset contains no information on estimates of survey effort and cannot be used to derive useful presence/absence spatial coverages of species during this period. It is purely sighting data only. Species distribution data are made available to SCAR-MarBIN (, OBIS and GBIF via the DiGIR protocol and Darwin Core schema.

Biology > Mammals
Marine/Coastal, Biodiversity, Incidental sightings, Southern Ocean, Whales, Antarctica, Cetacea

Geographical coverage
Antarctica [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
7 February 1991 - 30 March 1997

Taxonomic coverage
Cetacea [WoRMS]

Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), moretechniciandata manager

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Published in:
AntOBIS: Antarctic Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2009-05-15
Information last updated: 2015-01-23
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