Happywhale - Humpback Whale in North Atlantic Ocean

Dataset credit

Happywhale and contributors


Primary contact Ted Cheeseman Happywhale
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University


Happywhale. 2018. Happywhale - Humpback Whale in North Atlantic Ocean. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1764) 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 142 contributors in alphabetic order:

aalilith; Adrian Boyle; Allied Whale - Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company; Allied Whale North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog; Al Weishar; Amy Tudor; Andrea; Andreas Huppert; Andrzej Karon; Anja Robanke; Annette Bombosch; Aquatic Adventures Citizen Scientists; Arjen Drost; Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D.; Audrey; Azores Experiences; Bar Harbor Whale Watch; Barry Gutradt; Beatriz Benares; Betsy Kelly; Beverly; Bill Cork; Bill Vlcek; Brian Chmielecki; Carina Gsottbauer; Carol Irwin; Chris Croxson; Christian Engelke; Christian Turek; Christine Ellsworth; Chrys Tremththanmor; Claudia Wagner; Conor Ferrin; Conor Ryan; Dale Frink; Dan Carmen; David German; David Kaposi; Diane Byrd; Divya Singh; Doug Cheeseman; Doug Gould; Dulon Nicolas; Durlan Ingersoll; eddy thys; Eric Carr; Eric Hynes; Fabio; fm5050; Gail Koza; Garrett Coakley; Genna Roland; Gitte Larsen; Greta Henderson; Hal Whitehead; Hanna Michel; Hans Verdaat; Heidi Peter; Hella Martens; Henk Kamstra; Herman Sips; Ingo Huber; Janita van Timmeren; Jan Laufer; Jason Romanus; Javier Solis; Jeff Litton; Jim Scarff; Jim Tchobanoff; Jim Wilson; Jodi Frediani; John Chardine; John J King II; Julia Wheeling; Karen Diane Francis; Kelly Plaas; Ken Balcomb; Kerstin Langenberger; Lauren Farmer; Lene Zachariassen; libby_orcutt; Lindsay Curtis; Margrét Ósk Elíasdóttir; Marian Herz; Mariann Cyr; Marijke Nita de Boer; Mark Harris; Mark Malchoff; Mark Rentz; Marley Watkins; Martin Lipman; Memorial University of Newfoundland; Mona Beate Wendelborg; Mona Wong; New England Aquarium; Nick King; Ocean Research and Education Society (OERS); Olivier Blaud; Oswaldo Vasquez; Pascal Mauerhofer; Pat O'Flaherty; Patrick Ruf; Per Olsson; Peter Diegutis; Peter Nelson; Petra Glardon; Raghavan Nair; Raina Burke; Ralph Lee Hopkins; Rhonda Buxton; Richard White; Richard Winston; Rich MacNeil; Robert A. Boas; Robert Andrew Ferguson; Rob Gons; Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan; Sais Céline; Sally Walton; Shelley Lonergan; slater t moore; S&N; Sophie Carr; Special Tours; Spyros Zacharioudakis; Stephanie Newkirk; Susanne; Suzanne Conant; Ted Cheeseman; Teresa Blase; Terry Godfrey; Tobias Brehm; Tom; Tom and Lindsay Bell; Tom Conlin; Tom Green; T. Pieper; Tudor Morgan; Wolfgang Jaekel; Wolfgang Schonberger; Years of the North Atlantic Humpback whale (YoNAH); Yves Fleuriot




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 mammals4,353
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1975-07-01
Date, End2018-05-02
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude17.80 - 79.96
Longitude-80.00 - 46.22
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