Happywhale - Killer Whale in North Pacific Ocean

Dataset credit

Happywhale and contributors


Primary contact Ted Cheeseman Happywhale
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University


Happywhale. 2019. Happywhale - Killer Whale in North Pacific Ocean. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1718) on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from Happywhale.com.


Happywhale.com is a resource to help you know whales as individuals, and to benefit conservation science with rich data about individual whales.



Supplemental information

Sightings and images were submitted to Happywhale by contributors. A portion of the Happywhale data were transferred to OBIS-SEAMAP upon the agreement between Happywhale and OBIS-SEAMAP.

There may be duplicate records among Happywhale datasets and other OBIS-SEAMAP datasets. The precision of date/time vary per record. Some records have date accuracy up to year only.

This dataset includes sightings and photos from the following 134 contributors in alphabetic order:

Aaron Kreisberg; Adam Ernster; Alain Bidart; Alvaro Jaramillo; Anieke Brombacher; Ben Hagler; Berit Solstad; Bill; bill sturgeon; Blain Anderson; bob schafer; Bradley Vanston; Brendan Keane; Bryan McDonald; Camilo Rada; Carol Irwin; Carolyn Anderson; Cathy Bacon; chelsea bradley; Chris Biertuempfel; Chris Witwer; Curt Finfrock; Cynthia; Daniel Cayton; Darrel DeLong; Dave Kutz; David W Myers II; Deborah Komatsu; Debra Kettler; Dennis Rogers; Denny Zwiefelhofer; Diane Edmonds; Doug Cheeseman; Drew Collins; Edith Simonson; Elke; Emma Luck; Emma Nelson; Floyd Hayes; Frank Blache; Frank Wurtzel; Gail Koza; Geoff Kerr; Gerard Menut; Gina Ruttle; Hadley Gross; Hazel Pittwood; james begeman; James F C Hyde IV; James Moskito; Jean Pierre Orduña R.; Jennifer Singleton; Jill K Quaintance; Jim Nahmens; Joel Barrett; Johnny Giese; Jonathan Espin-Hempsall; Joshua Koester; Joshua Meza-Fidalgo; Julian Clark; Justin Hofman; Kate Spencer; Kathryn Clouston; Kathy Newstead; Kátia Silva; Katie Dunbar; Keith Gourlay; Kelly Boatwright; Kelly Fitzgerald; Kenneth O'Brien; Kimberly Nesbitt; Kirsten; Kirstie Basford; Kristin Campbell; Laura; Laura Gurak; Laure Patricot; Linn Jackson; Lori & Rich Rothstein; Lorry; Marcel Vinicius de Morais; Marcus Bergström; Margaret Burks; Maria Sunshine; Marilia Olio; Mark Andrew Cornish; Mark Edwin Ayre; Mark Girardeau; Mark OBrien; Martin Tassche; Mary Etta Cochran; Maureen Lien; Megan Leeann Cochran; Megan Montes; Michael Jackson; Michelle Booth; Michelle Cherry; Mike Greenfelder; Mike Justa; Mindy Huston; Nathan Small; Neil McDermott; Nico Heyning; Nicole LaRoche; Nicole Rusch; Nicole Sucre; Nina Kee; Oana Claudia Gasit; Patrick Sysiong; Patrick Wieler; paul garriott; Pedro Jesus Dominguez Mendez; Peggy Mundy; Peter West Carey; Petra Glardon; Philip Stone; Rae Fellenberg; Raghavan Nair; Robert Bowen; Rob Gons; Robyn Case; Sara Franson; Sara Kirlin; sara ryan; Scott Veirs; Selena Santos Rivera; Shari Bookstaff; Shelly Erceg; Sigi Wiesner; Ted Cheeseman; Tori Bowe; Vicki Beaver; Vincent von Kaenel; Yves Roumazeilles




Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
Only minimum required attributes are visible and downlodable online. Other attributes may be obtained upon provider's permission unless otherwise noted below.

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 in dataset provided

Attribute (table column)Description
oidInternal ID
typeAlways 'Event'
modifiedLast modified
languageLanguage. Always 'en'
institution_codeInstitution code. Always 'Happywhale'
basis_of_recordBasis of record. Always 'HumanObservation'
occurrence_idOccurrence ID assigned by Happywhale
catalog_numberCatalog number. A link to Happywhale
recorded_byPerson or organization who recorded the data
individual_countNumber of animal. Always 1
sexGender of the animal if known
preparationsMethod of data collection. Always 'photograph'
occurrence_remarksOccurrence remarks
organism_idOrganism/animal ID assigned by Happywhale
organism_nameOrganism/animal name by provider
organism_remarksOrganism remarks
event_idEvent ID assigned by Happywhale
event_dateDate the picture was taken
event_timeTime the picture was taken in local time zone
higher_geographyOcean the animal was seen
water_bodyDetails of ocean
localityLocation of ocean
verbatim_localityLocation of ocean described by the provider
decimal_latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
decimal_longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
geodetic_datumGeodetic datum. Always 'EPSG:4326 WGS84'
coordinate_precisionCoordinate precision
scientific_nameScientific name
taxon_rankTaxon rank
vernacular_nameCommon name
licenseLicense for picture
rights_holderRights holder
external_resourceLink to the picture (mid size)
external_resource_thumbLink to the picture (small size)
Marine mammals410
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1996-09-08
Date, End2019-09-26
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude8.23 - 72.47
Longitude-173.43 - 161.60
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typePhoto ID
Contr. throughHappywhale
Sharing policy CC-BY-NC (All)
Also availalbe from iOBIS
GBIF (planned)
See metadata in static HTML
See metadata in FGDC XML
See download history / statistics