Data for: Body condition of phocid seals during a period of rapid environmental change in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Published: 23-11-2020| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/ykkjk5tcn5.1
Contributors:
Peter Boveng,
Heather Ziel,
Brett McClintock,
Michael Cameron

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Data and R code to accompany the paper, Body condition of phocid seals during a period of rapid environmental change in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 2020, 104904, ISSN 0967-0645, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2020.104904. We used multiple linear regression to model body condition (mass/length) as a function of species, age class, sex and year for ribbon and spotted seals in the Bering Sea, and harbor seals in the Aleutian Islands, from 2007 to 2018, for evidence of recent trends that might reflect trophic or bottom-up changes in the ecosystem. The file "ultrasound morph data_2018Dysonall_20072009.csv" is a spreadsheet text file with the following data fields: speno: A unique specimen number for each seal species: Eb = Erignathus barbatus, bearded seal; Hf = Histriophoca fasciata, ribbon seal; Pl = Phoca largha, spotted seal; Pv = Phoca vitulina, harbor seal year: Calendar year of the sampling event capture_dt: Date, hour, and minute of sampling, in UTC project: Project name identifier sex: M = male; F = female age_class_lku: ADT = adult; SUB = subadult; YOY = young of the year; PUP = maternally dependent pup blubber_depth_dor_hip_cm_a: Ultrasonic measurement of blubber depth, dorsal at hip, in centimeters blubber_depth_r_lat_hip_cm_a: Ultrasonic measurement of blubber depth, lateral at hip, in centimeters blubber_depth_dor_ax_cm_a: Ultrasonic measurement of blubber depth, dorsal at axilla, in centimeters blubber_depth_r_lat_ax_cm_a: Ultrasonic measurement of blubber depth, lateral at axilla, in centimeters std_length_cm: Straight-line length, prone, nose to tip of tail, in centimeters curv_length_cm: Curvilinear length along body surface, prone, nose to tip of tail, in centimeters ax_girth_cm: Axillary girth, in centimeters max_girth_cm: Maximum girthAxillary girth, in centimeters hip_girth_cm: Girth at hipsAxillary girth, in centimeters final_mass_kg: Body mass, in kilograms The file "bodycondition_analysis.R" contains the R statistical language code for the analysis reported in the paper.

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The methods are described in: "Body condition of phocid seals during a period of rapid environmental change in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, Alaska." Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 2020, 104904, ISSN 0967-0645, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2020.104904.