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Seven-Year Manatee Survey Looking at Seasonal Patterns of Frequently Observed Individuals in the Harbor Branch Channel Using Photo-Identification Techniques

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2016
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The manatee project at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute was established in 2009. Land-based observations and photo-identification techniques have been used over the past seven years, allowing observers to recognize specific resident manatees that visit this location season after season. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Biological Resources Division maintains a photo-identification database of manatees known as the Manatee Individual Photo-identification System, or MIPS. The photographs from the Manatee Project have been shared with the MIPS database and several manatees from the Manatee Project were matches, indicating some of the manatees are migrants. This project focuses on the seasonal visitation patterns of frequently observed manatees in the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute channel. Knowing which manatees are residents allows observers to preliminarily identify specific individuals that will be part of a future acoustic tagging project.
Title: Seven-Year Manatee Survey Looking at Seasonal Patterns of Frequently Observed Individuals in the Harbor Branch Channel Using Photo-Identification Techniques.
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Name(s): Goldsworthy Gomez, Lauren
Moore, Jon
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Date Created: Spring 2016
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: pdf
Extent: 39 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The manatee project at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute was established in 2009. Land-based observations and photo-identification techniques have been used over the past seven years, allowing observers to recognize specific resident manatees that visit this location season after season. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Biological Resources Division maintains a photo-identification database of manatees known as the Manatee Individual Photo-identification System, or MIPS. The photographs from the Manatee Project have been shared with the MIPS database and several manatees from the Manatee Project were matches, indicating some of the manatees are migrants. This project focuses on the seasonal visitation patterns of frequently observed manatees in the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute channel. Knowing which manatees are residents allows observers to preliminarily identify specific individuals that will be part of a future acoustic tagging project.
Identifier: FA00003674 (IID)
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, 2016.
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