Land-based observations of cetaceans in the waters of Beringa Island in 2007-2009

Russian Cetacean Habitat Project

Dataset credit

Russian Cetacean Habitat Project

Far East Russia Orca Project

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society


Primary contact Olga Filatova Far East Russia Orca Project
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University



These data were collected via land-based observations from Poludennaya Bay, Beringa Island (Commander Islands) in May-June 2007, May-July 2008 and August-September 2009. The observation point was located on a 40 m cliff. Bearing and distance to the observed whales were defined by binoculars with a compass and range-finding reticle. Observations were conducted during all daylight hours, if visibility was more than 5 km. We made one 15 minute scan every half hour and noted all cetaceans observed during the scan. Consequently, in many cases we could note the same animal several times in different scans. Observed species include killer whale, minke whale, humpback whale, fin whale, sei whale, sperm whale, Baird’s beaked whale, harbor porpoise and Dall’s porpoise.


The purpose of this study is to identify critical habitats for various cetacean species in the waters of the Russian Far East.

Supplemental information

The original did not include the second part of the time.


Filatova, O.A. and I.D. Fedutin. 2007. Results of land-based observations of cetaceans of the western shore of Beringa Island, Commander Reserve. 351-354.
Fedutin, I.D., O.A. Filatova and E. Hoyt. 2008. Visual and acoustic monitoring of cetaceans on Beringa Island, Russia Far East: comparizon of approaches. 22nd International Conference of the European Cetacean Society, abstract book. 240.



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Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by SEAMAP)
obs_datedate of observation
obs_timetime of observation
speciesSpecies name recorded by provider
sp_tsnITIS taxonomic serial number. This field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
obs_countanimal count
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees.
Marine mammals1,960
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2007-05-19
Date, End2009-09-13
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude54.82 - 55.11
Longitude165.90 - 166.21
Coord. prec.5 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Traveled (km)0
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