Cetacean sightings along the catalan coast
Associació Cetàcea

Dataset credit

N/A

Contacts

RoleNameOrganization 
Primary contact Oriol Giralt Associació Cetàcea
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University

Citation

Abstract

We currently are conducting a research project on cetaceans. The study is foccussed on the fin whale in the Mediterranean Sea, but we also see other cetaceans such as striped dolphin or bottlenose dolphin. One of the goals of our organization is to contribute to the conservation of the marine life.

Purpose

The Mediterranean fin whale population is rather small and its distribution uncertain for the most part of the year. The main goal of the project is to collect geographical, environmental, biological, behavioral and population data of every sighting. We also want to take photographs of every whale detected.

Supplemental information

The sightings have been made during the Fin Whale Project, a study approved by the Biodiversity and Protection of Animals division of the Departament of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing, Food and the Environment of the Catalan Government. With this project we expect to improve our knowledge about the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) in the Mediterranean Sea.

References

Giralt, O., Ramallo, C., Miller, V., Valls, M., Fernandez, M., Suetta, D., Ruiz, B. & Valiente, O. 2013. Cetacean sightings along the Catalan coast made during surveys of the Associació Cetàcea 2013.

Attributes

Overview

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Attributes in dataset provided

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
yearYear
monthMonth
dayDay
transectTransect No
obs_timeTime of the sighting (local time zone). Accuracy is up to minutes.
lat_origLatitude in original format
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
long_origLongitude in original format
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
speedSpeed
sailingSailing method
water_depthWater depth
sea_stateSea state
wind_speedWind speed
wind_dirWind direction
glareGlare
cloudCloud cover
sp_obsSpecies name recorded
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
num_individualsNumber of individuals in original format
obs_countGroup size
calvesNumber of calves
distanceDistance to vessel
positionPosition to vessel
behaviorBehavior
commentsComments
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
OBIS-SEAMAP ID1030
Seabirds0
Marine mammals9
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Total9
Date, Begin2013-03-23
Date, End2013-09-28
Temporal prec.111110
Latitude40.98 - 41.21
Longitude1.67 - 1.98
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
PlatformBoat
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortN/A
Contr. throughACCOBAMS
Registered2013-11-27
Updated2013-12-31
StatusPublished
Sharing policy CC-BY (All)
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