Visual contacts from research cruises in the Med sea, 1994-2001

Claudio Fossati, University of Pavia

Dataset credit

Claudio Fossati and Giulia Romè, CIBRA Center for Bioacoustics, University of Pavia


Primary contact Claudio Fossati CIBRA Center for Bioacoustics, University of Pavia
Secondary contact Giulia Romè CIBRA Center for Bioacoustics, University of Pavia
Secondary contact Gianni Pavan CIBRA Center for Bioacoustics, University of Pavia



CIBRA Center for Bioacoustics, Univ. of Pavia, organizes research cruises in the Med sea since 1994. Visual and acoustic contacts (1994 - 2001) are available on OBIS-SEAMAP, while acoustic recordings are stored in our Sound library and available upon request.


Data were collected during cetacean research campaigns, acoustic software and hardware development campaigns.

Supplemental information

Tracks of the cruises are coarse in June and Sept 1994, June 1995. From 1996 on, tracks are finer.
Data from acoustic contacts are registered in a separate dataset "Acoustic detections from research cruises in the Med sea, 1994-2001".




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 described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
All attributes are included in the downloadable file (CSV or ESRI File Geodatabase) for "Complete Set of Dataset".

Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID (created by OBIS-SEAMAP)
row_idRow ID
obs_dateDate of observation
obs_timeTime of observation
lat_degreeDegree part of Latitude
lat_minuteMinute part of Latitude
lat_secondSecond part of Latitude
long_degreeDegree part of longitude
long_miniteMinute part of longitude
long_secondSecond part of longitude
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
start_samplingFlag indicating the start of the visual sampling
end_samplingFlag indicating the end of the visual sampling
sp_obsSpecies observed
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
sightingsNumber of animals in original format (can be string with number of juveniles)
obs_countNumber of animals sighted (numeric conversion of sightings)
juvenilesNumber of juveniles (taken from sightings)
link_to_acousticLink to acoustic contact records
eff_statusON/OFF of effort
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
Marine mammals90
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1994-06-17
Date, End2001-07-11
Temporal prec.111110
Latitude37.69 - 43.93
Longitude7.24 - 18.31
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortYES (ID: 1079)
Traveled (km)3,643
Effort hours443
Contr. throughACCOBAMS
Sharing policy CC-BY (All)
Shared with OBIS
GBIF (via DOI)
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