Cetacean sightings in the north western Mediterranean Sea by EcoOcéan Institute and partners 1994-2011

EcoOcéan Institut

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EcoOcéan Institut and partners (SCS, Cybelle Planète, Participe Futur, EPHE, WWF-France, FNH)


Primary contact Léa David EcoOcéan Institut
Primary contact Nathalie Di-Méglio EcoOcéan Institut
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University


David, L. 2014. Cetacean sightings in the north western Mediterranean Sea by EcoOcéan Institute and partners 1994-2011. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/972) on yyyy-mm-dd.


EcoOcéan Institut is a non-governmental organization with professional researchers working in the north-western Mediterranean Sea on cetaceans, turtles and seabirds since 1994. Campaigns at sea are dedicated to data collection (marine animals, maritime traffic, marine debris) and the research methods used are mainly "line transect" and "photo-identification."


EcoOcéan Institut contributes to the growing knowledge on vertebrates at sea aiming for their protection. We work on subjects like ecology, distribution, and monitoring the impact of human activities (bycatch, ship strike, disturbance by leisure vessels).

EcoOcéan Institut works with several marine protected area managers at a local, national or international level (i.e., French Marine Parks, French Ministry of the Environment, Pelagos Sanctuary, ACCOBAMS, and RAC/SPA).

Each year, EcoOcéan Institut produces colleagues and young "eco-guides" and works with the concept of citizen science or "eco-volunteer" through its partners: Swiss Cetacean Society, Cybelle Planète, and Participe Futur. Also, we work in collaboration with several institutions and other researchers such as WWF-France, Fondation Nicolas Hulot, ISPRA, Cima Foundation, IFREMER, and Observatoire PELAGIS-CRMM. We participate actively at capacity building (concerning research methodologies on cetaceans) in the Mediterranean area (France, Marocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Lebanon).

EcoOcéan Institut is one of the founders of the French GIS3M (Groupement of scientific interest for the marine mammals of the Mediterranean Sea and their environment).

Supplemental information

Currently, only cetacean sightings have been included in OBIS-SEAMAP, but the full dataset includes seabirds, sea turtles and sunfish, along with the effort tracks.


Di-Meglio, N. and L. David. 2010. Suivi temporel du Sanctuaire Pelagos par transects mensuels au large et réflexion sur des méthodologies de monitoring. Rapport Final du Programme de recherche 2007/2009 de PELAGOS France. GIS 3M / EcoOcéan Institut. 1-192.
David, L., S. Alleaume and C. Guinet. 2011. High risk areas of collision between fin whales and ferries in the north-western Mediterranean Sea. Journal of Marine Animals and Their Environment. 4(1):17-28.



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 (created by OBIS-SEAMAP)
ownerOwner of the data
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
lat_dirAlways N
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
long_dirAlways E
obs_dateDate of the sighting
local_timeTime of the sighting in original string
obs_timeTime of the sighting (local time zone)
sp_obsSpecies name recorded (usually scientific name)
common_nameSpecies common name recorded
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
obs_countGroup size
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
Marine mammals1,931
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1994-06-19
Date, End2011-08-31
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude39.82 - 43.71
Longitude2.51 - 9.32
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortYES (ID: 973)
Traveled (km)40,271
Effort hours4,103
Contr. throughACCOBAMS
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Shared with None
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