North Atlantis Right Whale Database Reorganization and Publication

Michael Moore, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Data from necropsies of North Atlantic right whale (NARW) mortalities examined since 1970 were first collated and summarized in a paper published in 2004 (Moore et al. 2004). Data for that paper were assembled in an Access database along with case folders of all available documentation including field data, photographs, diagnostic reports, and summary case reports. The Access database has been maintained in subsequent years, although it is in need of updating, expansion and proofing.

The objective of this project is to bring the database up to date, and to report a summary of the available data between 2004 and 2016, publishing a paper that summarizes NARW whale morbidity and mortality 2004-2016