Happywhale - Killer Whale in Southern Ocean

Dataset credit

Happywhale and contributors


Primary contact Ted Cheeseman Happywhale
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University


Happywhale. 2020. Happywhale - Killer Whale in Southern Ocean. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1720) 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 115 contributors in alphabetic order:

Adrian Boyle; Alain Bidart; Alisa Schulman-Janiger (California Killer Whale Project); Andrew Thompson; Annette Bombosch; Ben Wallis; Brent Howard; Bryan McDonald; Callie; Camilo Rada; Carlos Martins; Christian Engelke; Christian Wegener; Cindy Marple; Clark Kelly; Darrin Allen; Doug Cheeseman; Dr. med Hartmut Bombosch; Duane Griffin; Duncan Jones; Elaine Reynolds; Fanny Adomat; Gaby Pilson; Genna Roland; Gerald Smith; Haley Saxe; Hannah Lawson; Hans Verdaat; Heidi Krajewsky; Heike Dietzmann; Hondius; Jacqueline Deely; James F C Hyde IV; James Moore; Jared Funderburk; Javier Cotin; Jean-Denis Gagnon; Jeff Reynolds; Jim Spiegel; Jim Wilson; Jody Elliott; Joel Moore; John J King II; Johnny Giese; John Rogers; Juliette Hennequin; Justin Hofman; Kate Curry; Kathryn Clouston; Kendra Chittenden; Krista Rossow; Kurtis Randall; Kurt Liewer; Lancy Cheng; Laura K.O. Smith; Lida pimper; Madoc Troup; Marcus Bergström; Marian Herz; Marilia Olio; Mario; Mark Crowe; Mark Harris; Martin Brooks; Maureen Fan; Megan Hall; Melanie Glaubitz; Merel Dalebout; Michael Jackson; Michael Lewis; Mike Greenfelder; Mike Khusid; Nadine Habib; Nathan Small; Neeta Moonka; Nicola Silver; Nicole Janinhoff; Nigel Milius; Olivier Blaud; Paayal Desai; Pamela Le Noury; Patrick Dowd; perennec thierry; Per Nikolaj Bukh; Peter Amster; Petra Glardon; Philip Stone; Phillip Hunter; photo contributor January 2018; Plancius; Polar Latitudes Citizen Scientists; Raghavan Nair; Ramon Lucas; Richard Gamertsfelder; Richard White; Riki Meier; Robert Matthews; Rodney Dillman; Santiago Imberti; Sarah Buttenshaw; Sarah Kather; Sarah Keenan; Sebastian Matias Lescano; Simon van D; Sonia Pazos de Diego; Stephanie Newkirk; Ted Cheeseman; tex texin; Therese Horntrich; Thomas Mitchell; Tobias Brehm; Todd Thoman; Todd Weisbrot; Valerie Bronckers; Vicki Beaver




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 mammals258
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2000-01-14
Date, End2020-02-05
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude-77.68 - -60.76
Longitude-68.50 - 170.97
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typePhoto ID
Contr. throughHappywhale
Sharing policy CC-BY-NC (All)
Also available from iOBIS
GBIF (planned)
See metadata in static HTML
See metadata in FGDC XML
See download history / statistics