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Occurrence
Latest version published by The Community Environmental Health Laboratory at MDI Biological Laboratory on Jan 15, 2024 The Community Environmental Health Laboratory at MDI Biological Laboratory

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Description

About this project Calling all dolphin lovers – and citizen scientists! Help researchers monitor dolphins along the South Carolina coast by contributing data and photos whenever you spot a dolphin. Together, we can determine where dolphins frequent and act in favor of dolphins and healthy habitats. Project goal To document the movements and behavior of dolphins in South Carolina's coastal waters. What participants do Photo document all sightings of bottlenose dolphins at any location in South Carolina. *Dolphins are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. It is illegal to feed or harass dolphins. Do not approach dolphins within 50 yards (150 ft).* Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) are apex predators that live year-round in South Carolina’s coastal waters. These charismatic marine mammals are key indicators of the current health of our shared marine environment. Data regarding dolphin habitat use, movements, and behavior can serve as a barometer of water quality in our region. Monitoring how coastal areas are used by dolphins will provide a better understanding of the connections between animals, people and their shared environment. Researchers have been monitoring the health and status of a population of ~450 dolphins in Charleston Harbor for decades. However, very little is known about dolphins throughout most of South Carolina. So, what can we do? With your help, we can collect data to establish a baseline for dolphin populations throughout the state and inform dolphin conservation activities. Join dolphin researchers in monitoring the real-time distribution of these marine mammals throughout South Carolina’s waters. By contributing your data, you’ll aid in protecting the overall health of our shared local waterways. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Photo document all sightings of bottlenose dolphins at any location in South Carolina. Please be respectful - do not approach, harass, or chase dolphins. Note if the observation is from land or boat, as well as the number of dolphins seen. Contribute your data using either the South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app (on iTunes & Google Play) or the project website.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 523 records.

1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

Occurrence (core)
523
Multimedia 
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Rights

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is The Community Environmental Health Laboratory at MDI Biological Laboratory. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 65cf1352-9599-4784-ba20-d0a17db99342.  The Community Environmental Health Laboratory at MDI Biological Laboratory publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.

Keywords

Occurrence; Observation

Contacts

Christi Hughes
  • Originator
Project Administrator
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Meghan Galipeau
  • Originator
Project Administrator
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Albert George
  • Originator
Project Administrator
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Sara McDonald
  • Originator
Project Administrator
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Anecdata.org Contributors
  • Originator
Data Contributors
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Jane Disney
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Associate Professor of Environmental Health
MDI Biological Laboratory
159 Old Bar Harbor Rd.
04609 Bar Harbor
ME
US
Cait Bailey
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Systems Developer
MDI Biological Laboratory
159 Old Bar Harbor Rd.
04609 Bar Harbor
ME
US
Ashley Taylor
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Community Manager
MDI Biological Laboratory
159 Old Bar Harbor Rd.
04609 Bar Harbor
ME
US
Alexis Garretson
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Community Environmental Health Laboratory Manager
MDI Biological Laboratory
159 Old Bar Harbor Rd.
04609 Bar Harbor
ME
US
Anecdata.org
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Community Environmental Health Laboratory
  • Point Of Contact
Community Environmental Health Laboratory
MDI Biological Laboratory
159 Old Bar Harbor Rd.
04609 Bar Harbor
ME
US
South Carolina Aquarium
  • Originator
Project Organizer
South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
29401 Charleston
SC
US

Geographic Coverage

United States

Bounding Coordinates South West [32.139, -80.926], North East [33.479, -79.087]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Species Tursiops truncatus

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2016-10-25 / 2023-12-24

Project Data

Anecdata is a free online citizen science platform developed by the Community Lab at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Anecdata is used by hundreds of individuals and organizations to gather and access citizen science observations and provides a platform to easily collect, manage, and share their citizen science data. How Anecdata works: Project managers create projects, creating datasheets that participants fill out to share their observations. Participants join projects and use the Anecdata website or mobile app to share their observations with the project. Project data is now available for anyone to view and download!

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The personnel involved in the project:

Cait Bailey
  • Principal Investigator
Ashley Taylor
  • Curator

Sampling Methods

With your help, we can collect data to establish a baseline for dolphin populations throughout the state and inform dolphin conservation activities. Join dolphin researchers in monitoring the real-time distribution of these marine mammals throughout South Carolina’s waters. By contributing your data, you’ll aid in protecting the overall health of our shared local waterways.

Study Extent About this project Calling all dolphin lovers – and citizen scientists! Help researchers monitor dolphins along the South Carolina coast by contributing data and photos whenever you spot a dolphin. Together, we can determine where dolphins frequent and act in favor of dolphins and healthy habitats. Project goal To document the movements and behavior of dolphins in South Carolina's coastal waters. What participants do Photo document all sightings of bottlenose dolphins at any location in South Carolina.

Method step description:

  1. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Photo document all sightings of bottlenose dolphins at any location in South Carolina. Please be respectful - do not approach, harass, or chase dolphins. Note if the observation is from land or boat, as well as the number of dolphins seen. Contribute your data using either the South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app (on iTunes & Google Play) or the project website.

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 65cf1352-9599-4784-ba20-d0a17db99342
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