[MARMAM] New Publication – California Coastal Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-Identification Catalog

Richard Defran rh.defran at gmail.com
Thu Jan 19 09:41:02 PST 2017

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the publication of the following paper:

Weller, D.W. and Defran, R.H. (2016). Coastal bottlenose dolphins off
California and Northern Baja California, Mexico: Photo-Identification
Catalog 1981-2014. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS. NOAA-TM-NMFS-SWFSC-566.
1297 p.

Available at:


This catalog presents identification photographs of 1,291 Pacific coast
bottlenose dolphins (*Tursiops truncatus*) obtained during dedicated
research surveys carried out between 1981 and 2014 in five coastal study
areas: Ensenada, Mexico; San Quintı́n, Mexico; San Diego, CA; Orange
County, CA; and Santa Barbara, CA. These images were primarily collected by
the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (National Marine Fisheries Service,
NMFS), the Cetacean Behavior Laboratory (San Diego State University, CBL),
and Scripps Whale Acoustics Lab (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, SIO).
The overarching objectives of making this catalog publicly available are
twofold: (1) to facilitate regional and international cooperation and
collaboration between current and future research groups collecting data on
Pacific coast bottlenose dolphins; and (2) to provide an individual
identification numbering scheme and standardized images of Pacific coast
bottlenose dolphins that can be used for comparison by other research
groups and organizations.

All best,

R.H. Defran - rh.defran at gmail.com
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