OPEN ACCESS plSSN : 0374-8111 | elSSN : 2287-8815
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kfas, vol. 55, no. 6, pp.938-945, December, 2022 DOI.

Occurrence and Spatial Distribution of Marine Mammals by Sighting
Surveys in Korean Waters During 2011-2020

국립수산과학원 고래연구센터, 1국립해양생물자원관 국가해양생명자원전략센터, 2국립수산과학원 연구기획과, 3국립수산과학원 남해수산연구소


    National Institute of Fisheries Science conducted a total of 39 sighting surveys for marine mammals over 624 sighting days that covered 20,771 nautical miles in Korean waters during 2011-2020. Marine mammals were detected when 83.9% of the marine environment was less than or equal to three on the Beaufort wind scale. Thirteen species of marine mammals were identified, including two species of pinniped, with a majority of cetacean species. Frequently found species were narrow-ridged finless porpoise, followed by common dolphin, minke whale, Dall's porpoise, and Pacific white-sided dolphin. Narrow-ridged finless porpoises and minke whales were located in and offshore around the Korean peninsula, common and Pacific white-sided dolphins were exclusively found in the East Sea for most seasons. The other marine mammals were spotted in some seas and for limited durations.

  • Keyword

    Sighting survey, Cetacean, Pinniped, Korean waters