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Habitat associations of cetaceans and seabirds in the tropical eastern Indian Ocean, Browse Basin, Australia (2008)

Latest version published by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere on Jul 30, 2019 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

There is an increasing demand for integrated pelagic surveys to support ecosystem-based management of marine environments and their associated marine life. The Browse Basin in the tropical eastern Indian Ocean was surveyed using ship line transects to determine habitat associations of cetaceans and seabirds with submarine topography and local oceanographic conditions during winter and spring 2008. Fourteen species of cetaceans, including the data deficient pygmy blue whale, and 23 species of seabirds were encountered throughout the basin. Aggregations of both cetaceans and seabirds were observed at two significant submarine topographic features, Scott Reef and Browse Cliffs, particularly during spring when encounters and abundances of odontocetes were far greater. The attraction of cetaceans and seabirds to Scott Reef and Browse Cliffs was likely foraging-related given these features were associated with upwelling and elevated biomass of krill and fish. Submesoscale sea surface temperature and chlorophyll a fronts also occurred in vicinity to Browse Cliffs and the shelf environment. The Browse Basin is an important, and potentially predictable, foraging ground for a variety of top predators, and their occurrence would have implications for the current and future management practices of oil and gas industries operating in the region

Taxa have been matched to the World Register of Marine Species. The observation data is the mid-period of each of the 4 surveys. The cited paper lists the details of the surveys and the methodology used.

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Jenner C (2019): Habitat associations of cetaceans and seabirds in the tropical eastern Indian Ocean, Browse Basin, Australia (2008). v1.2. Centre for Whale Research. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ogc-act.csiro.au/ipt/resource?r=browse_basin_wildlife_survey&v=1.2

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Keywords

Occurrence; Observation

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Curt Jenner
Principal Investigator
Centre for Whale Research Western Australia AU
http://www.cwr.org.au/

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Curt Jenner
Principal Investigator
Centre for Whale Research Western Australia AU
http://www.cwr.org.au/

Who filled in the metadata:

Curt Jenner
Principal Investigator
Centre for Whale Research Western Australia AU
http://www.cwr.org.au/

Who else was associated with the resource:

Publisher
Dave Watts
OBIS Australia Node Manager
CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere PO Box 1538 7001 Hobart Tasmania AU +61 3 6232 5062
http://www.obis.org.au

Geographic Coverage

Browse Basin, Western Australia

Bounding Coordinates South West [-17.884, 119.579], North East [-13.493, 123.862]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class  Aves,  Cetacea

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2008-06-12 / 2008-11-28

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Alicia L.Sutton, K. Curt S.Jenner, Micheline-Nicole M.Jenner (2018) Habitat associations of cetaceans and seabirds in the tropical eastern Indian Ocean. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 10.1016/j.dsr2.2018.06.002

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers http://ogc-act.csiro.au/ipt/resource?r=browse_basin_wildlife_survey