KYMA boat-based surveys in Thyrrhenian Sea and Ionian Sea

KYMA sea conservation & research

Dataset credit

Silvia Frey, KYMA sea conservation & research


Primary contact Silvia Frey KYMA sea conservation & research
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University



This dataset, belonging as a whole to KYMA sea conservation & research, comprises the monitoring data on great pelagics, mainly cetaceans and sea turtles, carried out in the central Mediterranean Sea, in particular in the southern Thyrrhenian Sea and western Ionian Sea since 2020. The research project is set up as a citizen science project. Spatial and temporal distribution of animals is studied using boat-based surveys.


KYMA sea conservation & research is a non-profit and non-governmental organization dedicated to the conservation of life in the oceans. It has been founded in 2019. The work of the young organization includes field research at sea and environmental education projects.

With this monitoring project KYMA sea conservation & research aims at providing long-term data on the abundance of cetaceans and other great pelagics in the central Mediterranean Sea.

Supplemental information

[2023-03-24] Sightings in 2021-22 were added.
Effort data will be provided in the future.




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.
Only minimum required attributes are visible and downloadable online. Other attributes may be obtained upon provider's permission.

Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
obs_timeSighting time at local time zone (CET)
obs_dateSighting date
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
speciesScientific name
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
number_minMinimum number of animals (blank before 2021)
number_maxMaximum number of animals
obs_countNumber of animals (average of min and max) added by OBIS-SEAMAP
on_effortFlag to indicate on or off effort
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
Marine mammals159
Sea turtles66
Rays and sharks0
Other species38
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2020-07-07
Date, End2022-10-12
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude36.72 - 38.94
Longitude14.89 - 16.10
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Traveled (km)0
Contr. throughACCOBAMS
Sharing policy CC-BY-NC (Minimum)
Shared with GBIF (via DOI)
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