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dc.contributor.authorMarley, S.
dc.contributor.authorErbe, Christine
dc.contributor.authorSalgado Kent, C.
dc.identifier.citationMarley, S. and Erbe, C. and Salgado Kent, C. 2017. Data Descriptor: Underwater recordings of the whistles of bottlenose dolphins in Fremantle Inner Harbour, Western Australia. Scientific Data. 4.

© The Author(s) 2017. Dolphins use frequency-modulated whistles for a variety of social functions. Whistles vary in their characteristics according to context, such as activity state, group size, group composition, geographic location, and ambient noise levels. Therefore, comparison of whistle characteristics can be used to address numerous research questions regarding dolphin populations and behaviour. However, logistical and economic constraints on dolphin research have resulted in data collection biases, inconsistent analytical approaches, and knowledge gaps. This Data Descriptor presents an acoustic dataset of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) whistles recorded in the Fremantle Inner Harbour, Western Australia. Data were collected using an autonomous recorder and analysed using a range of acoustic measurements. Acoustic data review identified 336 whistles, which were subsequently measured for six key characteristics using Raven Pro software. Of these, 164 'high-quality' whistles were manually measured to provide an additional five acoustic characteristics. Digital files of individual whistles and corresponding measurements make this dataset available to researchers to address future questions regarding variations within and between dolphin communities.

dc.publisherNature Publishing Group
dc.titleData Descriptor: Underwater recordings of the whistles of bottlenose dolphins in Fremantle Inner Harbour, Western Australia
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleScientific Data
curtin.departmentCentre for Marine Science and Technology
curtin.accessStatusOpen access via publisher

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