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Marine Wildlife Behavior Database
Metadata

Introduction

Section 7: Diving Speed

Section 1: Reference

Section 8: Dive Angle

Section 2: Identification of Subject

Section 9: Surfacing Angle

Section 3: Dive Depth

Section 10: Surface Behavior

Section 4: Dive Time

Section 11: Time At-Sea/On-Land

Section 5: Bottom Behavior

Section 12: Movement

Section 6: Vertical Rate

Literature Cited

 

Section 1: Reference
This section includes fields that provide background on the study that collected the diving and movement data.

Fields:

  • Authors
    R_Authors:
    Authors of the published paper

  • Year
    R_Year:
    Year the study was published

  • Title
    R_Title:
    Published title of the study

  • Journal
    R_Journal:
    Journal of publication (title, volume, page #)

  • Keywords
    R_Keywords:
    Descriptive terms from the following picklist:
    • Animal group
      • whale
        • humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
        • North Atlantic right whale, northern right whale, Eubalaena glacialis
      • dolphin
        • harbor porpoise, Phocoena phocoena
      • pinniped
        • harbor seal, Phoca vitulina
      • sea turtle
        • leatherback sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea
      • fish
        • Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua
      • sea bird
        • penguins
      • other marine mammals
        • dugong
        • manatee
        • polar bear
        • sea otter

  • Hemisphere
    R_Hemisphere:
    Hemisphere of the study location (i.e., northwest, northeast, southwest, southeast)

  • Begining Latitude (decimal degrees)
    R_BeginLatitude(dd):
    Latitude of study location

  • Begining Longitude (decimal degrees)
    R_BeginLongitude(dd):
    Longitude of study location.

  • Ending Latitude (decimal degrees)
    R_EndLatitude(dd):
    Latitude of study location. If describing a point location, begining and ending values will be the same.

  • Ending Longitude (decimal degrees)
    R_EndLongitude(dd):
    Longitude of study location. If describing a point location, begining and ending values will be the same.

  • Topology
    R_Topology:
    Type of feature the coordinates describe, i.e. bounding box, point, trackline.

  • Geographic area
    R_GeographicArea:
    The region in which the study occurred, selected from the following picklist:
    • Bay
    • Gulf>
    • Fjord
    • Open ocean
    • Submarine canyons
    • Seamounts
    • Sound
    • Bank
    • Sea
    • Other, please specify

  • Water depth (meters)
    R_WaterDepth(m):
    Mean water depth of the study location (meters)

  • Year of Study
    R_YearStudy:
    Year(s) the study was conducted

  • Month of Study
    R_MonthStudy:
    The month(s) during which the study was conducted

  • How were the data collected?
    R_CollectionMethod:
    Data Collection Methods
    • Echosounder
    • Stopwatch
    • TDR

  • Resolution of the data
    R_Resolution:
    The temporal and spatial precision of the collected data, i.e the smallest increments in time and depth that were recorded, and the sampling rate/interval over which the data were collected.

  • Diurnal Patterns Tested?
    R_DiurnalPatternTested:
    Did study test for diurnal patterns? (Y/N).

  • Diurnal Patterns Detected?
    R_DiurnalPatternDetected:
    Did the animal exhibit any day/night patterns in its behavior? (Y/N). If yes, then data should be presented in separate rows for each day and night subset (use next column to indicate which subset that row refers to).

  • Day=0/Night=1/Combined=2
    R_DiurnalDayNight:
    During what time of the day was the experiment conducted.

  • Method for presenting data?
    R_DataPresentation:
    • Table
    • Figure with eyeball extraction of data
    • Figure with graphical tool extraction of data

  • Data on individual animals available?
    R_DataIndividualAnimals:
    Were data on individual subjects reported (Enter "Y"), or were the data grouped for the publication (Enter "N")

  • Fields for which data on indv. animals available?
    R_FieldsIndividualAnimals:
    Fields for which are presented on individual animals.
    • Dive depth
    • Dive time
    • Bottom behavior
    • Vertical rate
    • Diving speed
    • Dive angle
    • Surfacing angle
    • Surface behavior
    • Time at-sea/on-land
    • Movement

  • Individual Animal ID#
    R_IndividualAnimalId:
    Enter the animal's ID# to which this entry corresponds.

  • Number of individuals for which data were grouped
    R_IndividualsGrouped:
    If data on individual animals are not presented, how many animals were studied/contributed to the grouped data.

  • Raw Data Available?
    R_RawDataAvailable:
    Has the researcher provided raw electronic data (Y/N). If yes, give URL from TOPP or filename for the raw data.

  • Comments
    R_Comments:
    Free-form field to note complications with data entry, information to review at a later date, etc.