CE.TU.S. research cetacean sightings in the North Tuscany and Tuscan Archipelago waters, 1997-2011

Cetacean Research Centre (CE.TU.S.)

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Cetacean Research Centre (CE.TU.S.)


Primary contact Davide Bedocchi CE.TU.S. Cetacean Research Centre
Primary contact Silvio Nuti CE.TU.S. Cetacean Research Centre
Data entry Connie Kot


Bedocchi, D. and S. Nuti. 2011. CE.TU.S. research cetacean sightings in the North Tuscany and Tuscan Archipelago waters, 1997-2011. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/732) on yyyy-mm-dd.


We work all year long in the Versilia area (North Tuscany) on a group of resident bottlenose dolphins called Alpha community and during the spring/summer time in the Tuscan Archipelago area on all the species of cetaceans, including T. truncatus, B. physalus, S. coeruleoalba, P. macrocephalus, G. griseus and D. delphis, G. melas, Z. cavirostris. Our platform is a 40 ft sail catamaran “Krill” (for a crew of 10 persons) equipped for the research activities (hydrophones, underwater digital HD camera, HD photocamera etc.), two engines and 5 mt rubber boat with 40 cv motor. Our activities include: ecology, ethology (interactions, parental care, etc.), bioacoustic, didactic of the school. Our last studies are the project to understand the presence/absence of bottlenose dolphins in the North Tuscany, related to environmental co-variates (i.e., sea surface temperature, coastal distance, bathymetry), in collaboration with University of Pisa, Genoa Acquarium, O.T.C. and Pelagos commitee and the comparison between the use of mark-recapture and distance sampling.


The purpose was to increase the knowledge about the distribution, abundance and health status of cetacean species in the Mediterranean Sea, particularly in the Pelagos Sanctuary and the Tuscany waters, to contribute to understanding the biology and ethology of these wonderful creatures. The latest studies concerning the noise pollution of the sea product produced by human activities and the effects on sensitive species such as the Cuvier's beaked whale.

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Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by SEAMAP)
obs_dateObserved date
obs_timeObserved time
sp_obsSpecies observed
obs_countNumber of animals observed
latitudeLatitude of observation
longitudeLongitude of observation
sp_tsnSpecies ITIS TSN
Marine mammals394
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1997-08-19
Date, End2010-10-29
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude42.27 - 44.32
Longitude5.38 - 11.03
Coord. prec.5 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Traveled (km)0
Contr. throughACCOBAMS
Sharing policy CC-BY-NC (Minimum)
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