Abundance and distribution of marine mammals in nearshore waters of Monterey Bay, California

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Henkel, L. A., & Harvey, J. T. (2008). Abundance and distribution of marine mammals in nearshore waters of Monterey Bay, California. California Fish and Game, 94(1), 1-17.
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TitleAbundance and distribution of marine mammals in nearshore waters of Monterey Bay, California
AuthorsL. Henkel, J. Harvey
AbstractWe studied the seasonal abundance and spatial distribution of marine mammals in nearshore waters (<1 km from shore) of Monterey Bay, California, during 1999 and 2000. The most abundant mammal was California sea lion, Zalophus californianus, followed by harbor porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, sea otter, Enhydra lutris, and harbor seal, Phoca vitulina. Seasonal abundance of harbor porpoise in the survey area was greatest during winter, pinnipeds were most abundant during autumn, and sea otters were most abundant during spring and autumn. California sea lions were more abundant in 2000 than in 1999. Harbor porpoise were found in water of lesser clarity than expected by chance, and sea lions were found more often in water of intermediate clarity. Distribution of sea otters and harbor seals were not affected by water clarity.
JournalCalifornia Fish and Game
Date2008
Start page1
End page17
ISSN0008-1078
SubjectsCarnivora, Enhydra, Enhydra lutris, Mammalia, Otariidae, Phoca, Phoca vitulina, Phocoena, Phocoena phocoena, Phocoenidae, Pinnipedia, Zalophus, Zalophus californianus
NoteCited By (since 1996):2, Marine Mammals, Birds & Turtles

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