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Sea Otter Capture Data from the Big Sur-Monterey Study (2008-2011)


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Tinker, M.T., Tomoleoni, J.T., Weitzman, B.P., Staedler, M., Jessup, D., Murray, M.J., Miller, M., Burgess, T., Bowen, L., Miles, A.K., Thometz, N.M., Tarjan, L.M., Golson, E., Batac, F., Dodd, E., Berberich, E., Kunz, J., Bentall, G.B., Fujii, J., Nicholson, T., Newsome, S., Melli, A., LaRoche, N. L., and MacCormick, H., 2019, Sea otter capture data from the Big Sur-Monterey study (2008-2011): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This data release is comprised of sea otter capture data from the capture of wild sea otters in Big Sur and Monterey, CA between the years of 2008-2011. These sea otters were captured for tagging and tracking during a comparison study designed to examine the biology, health, and survival of sea otters in a relatively pristine habitat (Big Sur) and a highly-impacted habitat (Monterey). At the time of capture a variety of data are collected on each individual sea otter. The otter may receive multiple identifiers including an otter number, color coded flipper tags, a PIT tag, VHF radio transmitter, and archival time-depth recorder. Capture information (date, time, GPS location and general area, capture team, capture method, if the otter [...]


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Data were collected as part of a 3 year study designed to assess the difference in overall biology, health, and survival of sea otters from two discrete populations in central California, Big Sur and Monterey. The Big Sur location represents a relatively pristine habitat where coastal development and anthropogenic impacts appear to be minimal. In contrast, the Monterey location represents an area of much coastal development and pollution and is considered a coastal area of high human impact. By performing concurrent studies in these two locations the results could be compared to assess the status and health of the these two populations, respective to their environment. The results of the study could be used to inform conservation and management decisions.


The authors of these data require that data users contact them regarding intended use and to assist with understanding limitations and interpretation. Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. Any use of trade, firm, or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.



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DOI doi:10.5066/P98B08RO

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