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Cetacean sightings from the British Antarctic Survey CCAMLR synoptic krill survey of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, January to February 2019
GB/NERC/BAS/PDC/01546

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Abstract:
Cetacean sightings in South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands waters, made by a team of four professional marine mammal observers during the British Antarctic Survey CCAMLR synoptic krill survey on the RRS Discovery (DY098), January and February 2019. The latitude and longitude of each sighting, the identified species, bearing and distance from the vessel, and estimated group size are provided. These data have been used by BAS to estimate (i) humpback whale and (ii) baleen whale abundance in South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands waters in 2019.

Funding was provided by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, as part of the Overseas Territories Blue Belt programme, as well as the South Georgia Heritage Trust, Friends of South Georgia Island and Darwin PLUS award DPLUS057.

Keywords:
South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, Whale, abundance, humpback, population , species distribution

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