New Dolphin and Whale Sightings Added


New Dolphin and Whale Sightings Added

562 new marine mammal sightings are now available through PacIOOS Voyager. Observations were collected around the Hawaiian Islands by Robin Baird and his team from Cascadia Research Collective between February 2013 and November 2018. The data set includes 7 dolphin species (bottlenose, Fraser’s, pantropical spotted, Risso’s, rough-toothed, spinner, and striped) and 13 whale species (Blainville’s beaked, Cuvier’s beaked, dwarf sperm, false killer, fin, humpback, killer, Kogia, melon-headed, pygmy killer, pygmy sperm, short-finned pilot, and sperm).

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PacIOOS is the first regional association that was certified as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Certification provides NOAA and its interagency partners a means to verify that a regional association’s organizational and operational practices, including data management, meet recognized and established standards set by NOAA.