Happywhale - Humpback Whale in Arctic Ocean

Dataset credit

Happywhale and contributors


Primary contact Ted Cheeseman Happywhale
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University


Happywhale. 2019. Happywhale - Humpback Whale in Arctic Ocean. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1762) 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 86 contributors in alphabetic order:

Allied Whale North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog; Allison Chen; Ana; Andrew Newlun; Anja Robanke; Anke Kugelstadt; Avner Chen; Beatriz Benares; Camilo Rada; Carlos Rincon; Caroline Weir; Chris Croxson; Christian Engelke; Chrys Tremththanmor; Conor Ryan; David German; Doug Gould; Elie Vannier; Elke; Elodie; emma; Fabio; françois; Fredrik Broms; Greta Henderson; Hanna Michel; Hans Verdaat; Heidi Krajewsky; Henk Kamstra; Herman Sips; Ian Gordon; Irati Maruri; Javier Solis; joost vaeyens; Judith Scott; Judit Roch; Kees de Jager; Kerstin Langenberger; Kevin; Laura; Leendert; Lena Nicola; Lene Zachariassen; Lisa Hildebrand; Loes de Heus; Marcus Bergström; Margrét Ósk Elíasdóttir; Marian Herz; Marijke Nita de Boer; Marilia Olio; Marion JONCHERES; Mark Harris; Marley Watkins; Mary Keenan; Michel Pierfitte; Mona Beate Wendelborg; Mona Wong; Nacho Oria; Nadine Hunziker; Niklas Astrom; Olivier Blaud; Pascal Mauerhofer; Patrick Ruf; Pauline van Monsjou; Per Olsson; Petra Glardon; Pim Wolf; Richard White; Rob Gons; Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan; Sais Céline; slater t moore; Sophie Carr; suse; Ted Creek; Teresa Blase; Therese Horntrich; Tobias Brehm; Tobias Paul; Tony Littler; Tressarieu; Tudor Morgan; Ursula Brändle; Wouter Verwee; Years of the North Atlantic Humpback whale (YoNAH); 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 mammals716
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1992-07-01
Date, End2019-06-07
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude65.66 - 79.96
Longitude-175.16 - 21.83
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