OceanCare cetacean sightings 2001-2014

Dataset credit

Sylvia Frey, OceanCare


Primary contact Sylvia Frey OceanCare
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University



This dataset comprises the work carried out by OceanCare in the Provencal waters in the Mediterranean Sea between 2001 and 2011. The project is organized as a long-term monitoring project in order to survey cetacean population in these waters which belong to the Pelagos Marine Mammal Sanctuary. Cetacean spatial and temporal distribution is studied using boat-based surveys. A total of 390 sightings of identified cetacean species were recorded. Observed species and overall respective relative sighting frequencies were as follows: Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba; 73.8%), sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus; 10.5%), fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus; 5.1%), bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus; 2.9%), long finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas; 2.6%), short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis; 2.8%), Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus; 2.3%). Currently, analysis of the long-term data set as well as respective publication is in progress.


OceanCare is a non-profit and non-governmental organization founded in 1989 in Switzerland. The organization is dedicated to the protection of marine mammals and the conservation of the marine environment. The association works at national and international level in the areas of whaling, industrial fishing, environmental changes, seal hunting, dolphin captivity, and cetacean research.

OceanCare has the Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is a partner of the UNEP/CMS Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS) and a member of the Cetacean Alliance, a not-for-profit network of nine non-governmental organizations committed to preserving marine biodiversity and reducing human impact on cetacean populations. With this cetacean monitoring project OceanCare provides long-term data on cetacean abundance in parts of the Pelagos Marine Mammal Sanctuary in the Mediterranean Sea.

Supplemental information

[2015-01-22] Dataset was updated with 2014 data.
[2014-01-14] Dataset was updated with 2012/13 data.
[2011-12-13] Dataset was updated with 2011 data.




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Attributes in dataset provided

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
sp_obsSpecies name recorded
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
obs_dateDate of the sighting
obs_countGroup size
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
obs_timeTime of the sighting (local time zone)
data_ownerData owner
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
Marine mammals492
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2001-06-25
Date, End2014-07-18
Temporal prec.111110
Latitude42.69 - 43.67
Longitude5.93 - 7.84
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Contr. throughACCOBAMS
Sharing policy CC-BY-NC (Minimum)
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