CoML Whales encountered and captured
This table from logbook entries includes information from logbooks from American offshore whaling voyages. These data were extracted from the original whaling logbooks during a scientific research project conducted by a team from the Census of Marine Life project (CoML, www.coml.org) led by Tim Denis Smith between 2000 and 2010.
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Whales encountered and captured—Column definitions
|VoyageID||Voyage Identification Number|
|Day||Day of Year|
|Month||Month of Year|
|Jul||Number of days since 1 Jan 1600|
|Enc||Sighted whale; lowered boats; struck whale; dead whale|
|Species||Common name of whale encountered|
|Plural||Yes = more than one; No = single whale; Unk = unknown is one or more than one|
|Number_Struck||Number of whales struck|
|Number_Tried_Out||Number of whales tried out|
|Barrel_Yield||Barrels of oil|
|Escape_Detail||Text describing details if whale escaped|
|Ambiguity.Enc||Text describing ambiguity about encounter|
|Comment.Enc||Text about encounter|
|Wording.Enc||Wording from logbook about encounter|
|Wording.ST||Wording from logbook about strike|
|Comment.ST||Text about strike|