GREC Cetacean Sightings 1996-2002
Groupe de Recherche sur les Cétacés

Dataset credit

Groupe de Recherche sur les Cétacés and Alexandre Gannier


Primary contact Alexandre Gannier Groupe de Recherche sur les Cétacés
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University



This set of data was obtained mainly with a 37 foot sailboat, with the help of many observers from Groupe de Recherche sur les Cétacés, most of the time coming from France mainland for the purpose of doing the survey. Alexandre Gannier has always been on board, director of the survey. Professor Claude Payri, Université de la Polynésie Française, has helped the project throughout the period.

In addition to Groupe de Recherche sur les Cétacés, a few funds were sometimes contributed to the project:
- Délégation à la Recherche (Polynésie Française)
- Marineland (France)

The data on Steno bredanensis was used by Ms. Kristi West, for the completion of one chapter of her PhD (University of Hawaii).


The purpose was to get baseline geo-referenced results on the general biogeography of the region. A specific project was run to study the humpback whale songs on a long term basis.

Supplemental information

There are acoustic complementary data covering several species, with the humpback whale as a focus from 1997 to 2006.

Data were used in papers published in Aquatic Mammals (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006), Pacific Science, and JMBA.




Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
Only minimum required attributes are visible and downlodable online. Other attributes may be obtained upon provider's permission unless otherwise noted below.

This section explains attributes included in the original dataset. OBIS-SEAMAP restricts the attributes available to the public to date/time, lat/lon and species names/counts only. Should you need other attributes described here, you are encouraged to contact the data provider.

Attributes in dataset provided

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
speciedefinition not provided
sp_obsSpecies name by provider
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
obs_timeTime. No second part provided
obs_countGroup size
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
beaufortBeaufort Sea State (integer)
min_distMinimal distance between the observer and the cetacean school (in m, 1 m is set for bow riding)
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
Marine mammals426
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1996-01-05
Date, End2002-10-31
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude-23.42 - -15.07
Longitude-153.53 - -148.01
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
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