National Inventory of the Natural Heritage: Data from the air monitoring campaigns of marine megafauna (SAMM) in the French metropolitan area

Frédéric Vest, National Natural History Museum Paris Service du Patrimoine naturel (MNHN-SPN)

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Primary contact Frédéric Vest National Natural History Museum Paris Service du Patrimoine naturel (MNHN-SPN)
Secondary contact National Natural History Museum Paris Service du Patrimoine naturel (MNHN-SPN) N/A
Secondary contact Olivier Van Canneyt Observatoire Pelagis UMS 3462, University La Rochelle - CNRS


SPN - Service du Patrimoine naturel, Muséum national d\'Histoire naturelle, Paris: Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel : Données des campagnes de Suivi Aérien de la Mégafaune Marine (SAMM) de France métropolitaine, 2013-06-20. OBIS-SEAMAP: The world data center for marine mammal, sea bird, and sea turtle distributions.


Data from air monitoring of marine megafauna in the maritime French metropolitan area and its adjacent areas.
The objective of the aerial monitoring of the maritime French metropolitan area and its adjacent areas was to produce an inventory of the spatial distribution and abundance of megafauna species, mainly marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles and elasmobranchs. This dataset is composed of two datasets: SAMM1 for winter 2011 and SAMM2 for summer 2012. These data were collected in the framework of the Knowledge Acquisition Program on Birds and Marine Mammals (Programme d’Acquisition de Connaissances sur les Oiseaux et les Mammifères Marins - PACOMM), which is coordinated by the Agency for Marine Protected Areas (Agence des Aires Marines Protégées). The main objective of this program was to improve the knowledge needed for the evaluation and implementation of the Natura 2000 network beyond the territorial seas. The data were collected by teams of scientists and observers, coordinated by the PELAGIS Observatory and trained specifically in the aerial observation protocol that was developed in the framework of this program. The SAMM campaigns have collected more than 28.000 observation records of species in French metropolitan waters along more than 100.000 km of transect. This datasets consists only of occurrence records (species, location, date and name of the program) of birds, marine mammals, sharks, rays, sea turtles, and bony fish.



Supplemental information

The record with date 2034-11-29 was removed.

This dataset was downloaded from OBIS ( The records for only marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles and rays and sharks were extracted. Records with no longitude/latitude or no date (eventDate) were excluded.
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Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
Marine mammals2,045
Sea turtles86
Rays and sharks637
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1970-01-01
Date, End2012-08-08
Temporal prec.111000
Latitude40.12 - 51.49
Longitude-9.63 - 10.13
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Traveled (km)0
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