Sightings Database


The Sightings database contains records of thousands of sightings of right whales in the North Atlantic Ocean, as well as sightings of many other species of whales, dolphins, sea turtles, seals, and large fishes. It also contains survey data associated with many of these sightings that allow quantification of associated survey effort (note that the database does not include interpreted effort data as such). Though most sightings in the Sightings database are from surveys conducted from the late 1970's to the present, some right whale historical records go back as far as the 18th Century. The sightings contained in the database come from a wide variety of contributors both Consortium members and others.