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Species Distribution: Bottlenose Dolphin - Hawaii

Metadata Updated: December 8, 2023

This dataset contains a collection of known point locations of bottlenose dolphins identified either via automated satellite tracking of tagged organisms or through direct human observation via shipborne and aerial surveys. This can be useful for assessing species abundance, population structure, habitat use, and behavior. This collection is aggregated from multiple data sources and survey periods listed below. Each data point contains attributes for further information about the time and source of the observation. This dataset was compiled by the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) and may be updated in the future if additional data sources are acquired.

Cascadia Research Collective (CRC) has been undertaking surveys for odontocetes in Hawaiian waters since 2000. There are multiple island-associated populations of bottlenose dolphins recognized in Hawaiian waters, based on photo-identification, genetics, and satellite tagging, with individuals remaining associated with one or a couple of islands. Satellite tagging has been undertaken off Kauai to examine movements of individuals in relation to the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility. In addition, Dr. Joseph Mobley of the Marine Mammal Research Consultants (MMRC) led aerial surveys for cetaceans in Hawaiian waters from 1993-2003.

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Metadata Date December 21, 2022
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 8, 2023
Reference Date(s) January 31, 2018 (creation), January 31, 2018 (issued), July 13, 2020 (revision)
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Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date December 21, 2022
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 8, 2023
Reference Date(s) January 31, 2018 (creation), January 31, 2018 (issued), July 13, 2020 (revision)
Responsible Party Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Guid hi_pacioos_all_dolphin_bottlenose
Access Constraints
Bbox East Long -155.1717
Bbox North Lat 22.6506
Bbox South Lat 18.8915
Bbox West Long -160.5949
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Frequency Of Update
Graphic Preview Description Sample image.
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Harvest Source Title ioos
Lineage 2018-01-31T00:00:00Z OGC web services (WMS and WFS) enabled by PacIOOS via GeoServer. Original data from source provider may have been reformatted, reprojected, or adjusted in other ways to optimize these capabilities.
Metadata Language eng
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Spatial Data Service Type Open Geospatial Consortium Web Feature Service (WFS)
Spatial Reference System
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