Bottlenose dolphins in Slovenian and adjacent waters (north Adriatic Sea) in 2002-2008

Tilen Genov, Morigenos

Dataset credit

Tilen Genov, Morigenos - marine mammal research & conservation society, Slovenia


Primary contact Tilen Genov Morigenos - marine mammal research & conservation society
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University



This dataset comprises the work carried out by Morigenos in Slovenian and adjacent waters of the north Adriatic Sea, between 2002 and 2008. A local population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Slovenian and adjacent waters was studied using boat-based surveys, land-based surveys and standard photo-identification procedures. A total of 120 sightings were recorded and 101 well-marked dolphins photo-identified. Resighting rates within and between years showed a relatively high rate of site fidelity for some individuals. The group size ranged from 1 to 43. Offspring were present in 53.3% of the groups. Mark-recapture abundance estimates indicate that between 40 and 100 bottlenose dolphins use this area annually.

Research in the territorial sea of the Republic of Slovenia has been carried out by Morigenos under the permit issued by the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia, numbers 35701-2/2004 and 35701-67/2004. Research in the territorial sea of the Republic of Croatia has been carried out by Morigenos, in cooperation with the Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation, under the permit issued by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, numbers UP/I 612-07/04-33/247, UP/I-612-07/06-33/984 and UP/I-612-07/08-33/024.


Morigenos is an independent and non-profit, scientific non-governmental organization that aims to combine scientific research, monitoring, education, public awareness, capacity building and management, to achieve effective conservation of the marine environment and biodiversity.

The central activity of Morigenos is the Slovenian Dolphin Project, a long-term research, monitoring and conservation programme, focusing on bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Slovenian and adjacent waters in the northern Adriatic Sea. Research activities focus on dolphin distribution, abundance, social structure, habitat use, feeding habits, fishery interactions and tourism impact through dedicated boat surveys, land-based watches and theodolite tracking, photo-identification and mark-recapture techniques, behavioural observations and passive acoustic monitoring.

Other activities include research on loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), education, public awareness and capacity building.

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Supplemental information

[2015-03-24] A few records had a wrong animal count of zero. The value is replaced with a blank representing species presence only.

The day part of the observation date is masked, replaced with 01.
Accuracy of the group size differs row by row. The accuracy is found in count_acc field, which may be obtained upon permission from the provider. If the group size is not available (NA), the size is shown as a 0.




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 SEAMAP)
row_idRow ID
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
obs_datedate of observation. The day part is masked, replaced with 01.
obs_countGroup size. See count_acc field for the count accuracy.
count_accGroup size estimation accuracy. 1: highly accurate and/or confirmed through photo-ID; 0: best estimate, but not necessarily very accurate.
sp_obsSpecies name
sp_tsnITIS taxonomic serial number. This field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
data_ownerData owner
geomdefinition not provided
Marine mammals120
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2002-08-01
Date, End2008-09-01
Temporal prec.110000
Latitude45.20 - 45.66
Longitude13.24 - 13.68
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Traveled (km)0
Contr. throughACCOBAMS
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