Dataset: Historical datasets of dugong observations in the Kimberley region of Western australia


The knowledge of dugong (Dugong dugon) distribution as well as basic abundance estimates throughout the Kimberley are currently limited. This dataset brings together information collected through a series of aerial strip transects surveys during 1985, as well as anecdotal observations of dugong distribution collected from regular patrols conducted by Australian Customs. Data collection techniques were not rigorous enough to calculate abundance estimates, however the strip transect surveys do provide the first snapshot of dugong distribution through the West Kimberley. This dataset also forms a useful template for the conduct of more rigorous surveys.

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