CODA cetacean sightings on primary platform of vessel surveys 2007

Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St. Andrews

Dataset credit

Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St. Andrews


Primary contact Claire Lacey Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St. Andrews
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University



The Cetacean Offshore Distribution and Abundance in the European Atlantic (CODA) project estimated the abundance and investigated the habitat use of cetacean species in waters beyond the continental shelf and developed a management framework for determining safe bycatch limits for the common dolphin in this area. The results were intended primarily to inform assessments of the conservation status of all cetacean species and to help assess the impact of bycatch of common dolphin.



Supplemental information

Surveys from seven different vessels were merged. Each vessel contained two sightings platforms running concurrently – primary and tracker. This dataset includes sightings from the primary platform. Sightings from the tracker platform are registered in CODA cetacean sightings on tracker platform of vessel surveys 2007.




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Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
iddefinition not provided
vesseldefinition not provided
sighting_numberdefinition not provided
obs_datetimeDate and time of observation in local time calculated by OBIS-SEAMAP
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
buttondefinition not provided
sp_obsSpecies name recorded
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
perpdistdefinition not provided
angledefinition not provided
radial_distancedefinition not provided
multi_speciesdefinition not provided
id_confidencedefinition not provided
low_numberdefinition not provided
obs_countBest estimate of number of animals
high_numberdefinition not provided
calvesNumber of calves
cueRecord of the initial cue for the sighting
aspect_valuedefinition not provided
transectdefinition not provided
platformdefinition not provided
geomdefinition not provided
Marine mammals694
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species6
Non spatial0
Non species2
Date, Begin2007-07-04
Date, End2007-07-29
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude42.23 - 60.32
Longitude-17.67 - -2.41
Coord. prec.2 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortYES (ID: 1181)
Traveled (km)10,000
Effort hours588
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