CRRU Cetacean sighting in Scotland waters 1997-2015

Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit

Dataset credit

Dr. Kevin Robinson, Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit


Primary contact Kevin Robinson Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University



Boat-based cetaceans sightings data collected during dedicated boat-based surveys between the months of May and October, 1997 to 2010 inclusive in the outer southern Moray Firth in north-east Scotland.



Supplemental information

[2016-04-29] Sighting data from 2010 to 2015 were added. Missing sea state and time for the existing records were provided.

A humpback whale sighting on 2003-02-16 was from a rescue call out.


Robinson, K.P., N. Baumgartner, S.M. Eisfeld, N.M. Clark, R.M. Culloch, G.N. Haskins, L. Zapponi, A.R. Whaley, J.S. Weare and M.J. Tetley. 2007. The summer distribution and occurrence of cetaceans in the coastal waters of the outer southern Moray Firth in northeast Scotland (UK). Lutra. 50(1): 19-30.
Robinson, K.P., M.J. Tetley and E.G. Mitchelson-Jacob. 2009. The distribution and habitat preference of coastally occurring minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) in north-east Scotland. Journal of Coastal Conservation. 13(1): 39-48.
Robinson, K.P., S.M. Eisfeld, M. Costa, and M.P. Simmonds. 2010. Short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) occurrence in the Moray Firth, northeast Scotland. Marine Biodiversity Records. 3: e55.



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Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
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Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
obs_dateSighting date
obs_timeSighting time
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
sp_obsSpecies name
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
obs_countNumber of animals
seastateSea state
no_timedefinition not provided
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
Marine mammals2,282
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1997-07-08
Date, End2015-10-18
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude55.99 - 57.93
Longitude-3.55 - -1.91
Coord. prec.5 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Traveled (km)0
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