Descriptions of marine mammal specimens in Marine Mammal Osteology Reference Collection, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Mammal Laboratory from 1938-01-01 to 2015-12-05 (NCEI Accession 0140937)

Metadata Updated: February 27, 2019

The NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML) Marine Mammal Osteology Collection consists of approximately 2500 specimens (skulls and post-cranial skeletons) from 43 species of marine mammals from around the world. Specimens have been collected for life history studies over the past 60 years on projects ranging from pelagic sealing in the 1950s, to collections of marine mammals taken incidentally in commercial fisheries, and those found dead on beaches and rookeries from Alaska to the Antarctic.

The NMML Osteology Collection also houses vast numbers of teeth, primarily from northern fur seals taken during the commercial and subsistence harvests on the Pribilof Islands, Steller sea lions taken incidentally in the Alaska fisheries, and sperm whales collected from Pacific coast whaling stations in the 1950s and 60s. The majority of these teeth were initially collected for aging, but many have been used in recent years in stable isotope, nursing and growth layer/growth index studies.

This database is an inventory of specimens and associated data contained within the osteological collection.

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Metadata Date April 20, 2018
Metadata Created Date January 30, 2016
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) February 3, 2016 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date April 20, 2018
Metadata Created Date January 30, 2016
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) February 3, 2016 (publication)
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Access Constraints Cite as: NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center (2016). Descriptions of marine mammal specimens in Marine Mammal Osteology Reference Collection, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Mammal Laboratory from 1938-01-01 to 2015-12-05 (NCEI Accession 0140937). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date], NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Bbox East Long -75.1
Bbox North Lat 66.9849
Bbox South Lat -77.744
Bbox West Long 122.6333
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Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
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Temporal Extent Begin 1938-01-01
Temporal Extent End 2015-12-05

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