After entering a marine mammal detection ID in the on survey effort sheet, click the new marine mammal detection button at the top.


Click yes to create a new worksheet, at which point another pop-up window appears to confirm its creation, and a new tab with a number (e.g. 001) is produced. Ensure the number of this new tab is entered in the marine mammal detection ID column in the on survey effort sheet.

On the right hand side of the new numbered sheet, click on the retrieve survey effort conditions button. The blue coloured cells are filled automatically with information from the effort form, but white cells are filled in manually by the user.


Data field Instructions
Detected from Select vessel (or other, as appropriate) from dropdown menu
Observation point Select point from dropdown menu that related to point from the cover page. Leave blank if not observed from the source vessel
First detection method Select from dropdown menu
Distance method Select from dropdown menu. Definitions in the key to categories
Water depth (m) Enter manually
Record type Select from dropdown menu. If first sighted by another source but then detected by observers, enter the appropriate observer category. If sighted by another source and not detected by an observer enter other
Possible associated detection ID If this sighting is associated possibly with another, enter the other ID number here. For example, if one detection is lost then another one occurs soon after that matches the first one. Also, when a series of detections suggests a greater pod over a larger area, or when two species are in association with each other
First detected by Select from dropdown menu of observers’ names entered on the cover sheet, or select crew. Crew can only be selected in the first cell. There are 3 cells for when multiple people detected the animal
Crew Enter manually crew member’s name and their role on-board
Family & species Select from dropdown menu. Select to the nearest sub order, family, or species
Confidence of species identification Select from dropdown menu. When the confidence cell is clicked the definitions for the choices are visible
Numbers Enter numbers for adults & calves manually. Totals are calculated automatically


Data field Instructions
Description of animals Enter details that assisted in identification. See Excel cell for more details
Action taken Select from dropdown menu whether any form of mitigation was required
Compliance Select yes or no from dropdown menu
Mitigation actions See Excel cell for information. Give details of the mitigation actions, including a time line


Data field Instructions
General behaviour Enter details of general behaviour and if there were any other species in association; include waypoint numbers. Record in comments if the sequential waypoints in one detection refer to the focal follow of one animal (or close associating animal), the closest animal to the array on the plot, or different animals (e.g. waypoint 001ap is a different animal from waypoint 001bp 1.5 km away – would give misleading information if assumed to be one animal)
Behaviour First, predominant & last behaviours: select from dropdown menus. Choose most predominate for each, if others explain in comments above
General mammal course Select from dropdown menu where the animal was moving in relation to the vessel
Position of first detection Drag the dot to show the rough proximity and angle of the animal to the vessel when first detected
True plot In the blank box insert a picture of the true plot of the sighting (true movement of vessel, waypoints and projected waypoints). Should give a true representation of the animals movements


The small box of mitigation zones on the right hand side is populated automatically based on the survey level selected on the covering sheet.


The following section is where details for each waypoint taken throughout the sighting are entered.


The following section of columns is the same as ‘On Survey Seal’, just in a slightly different order.


Note that manual entry of marine mammal distance to source may be used for PAM, or if observations were from support vessel crew rather than observers on the source vessel. Remember the distance will still be to the source vessel.

The GPS positions copied from the GPS/map software is optional, but useful for decreasing transcribing errors.

Photos can be inserted below the detection records. If photos are inserted, mention in the ID description notes. If there is an associated sightings sheet from a crew member it can be scanned and inserted below the detection records.

Once completed click the button on the top-right hand side that says submit data. This sends the data to the detection summary tab. Data in the summary tab are used to create pivot tables.