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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)

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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.
  • 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). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0140937. Accessed [date].
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Time Period 1938-01-01 to 2015-12-05
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 66.9849
S: -77.744
E: -75.1
W: 122.6333
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General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2016-02-03
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
Submission Package ID: A00JUN
Purpose These marine mammal osteological specimens have and continue to be collected from strandings, as incidental catches in commercial fisheries or (in earlier years) from directed research projects. Specimens continue to be used as comparative reference material, as well as for other research and education activities.
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  • accessLevel: Public
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Dataset Citation
  • 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). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0140937. Accessed [date].
Cited Authors
Contributors
Resource Providers
Points of Contact
  • Jim Thomason
    US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Alaska Fisheries Science Center (NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center - NMFS/AFSC)
Publishers
Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
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Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
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  • 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). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0140937. Accessed [date].
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Processing Steps
  • 2016-02-03T13:38:40Z - NCEI Accession 0140937 v1.1 was published.
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Processing Steps
  • Data Type: Varies (measured); Units: Varies; Observation Type: laboratory analysis; Sampling Instrument: na.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • flow injection analyzer
Platform
  • ALLEN
  • EIKO MARU
  • HARMONY
  • LYMAN
  • MORNING STAR
  • USS TACOMA
Last Modified: 2020-09-13T18:53:47Z
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