Happywhale - Humpback Whale in North Atlantic Ocean

Dataset credit

Happywhale and contributors


Primary contact Ted Cheeseman Happywhale
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University


Happywhale. 2019. 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 301 contributors in alphabetic order:

aalilith; Adrian Boyle; Agne; Agus Schiavi; Aisha Yousuf; Alayna Hawkins; Alexandra Plüss Schmidlin; Allied Whale - Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company; Allied Whale North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog; Al Weishar; Amanda Smith; Amy; Amy Fowler; Amy Tudor; Andreas Huppert; Andrea Stover; Andrew Stevenson; Andrzej Karon; Andy Hollingsworth; Andy Vallans; Andy Williams; Annette Bombosch; Aquatic Adventures Citizen Scientists; Arjen Drost; Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D.; Ashley Hamilton; Atlantiangra - whale watching; Audrey; Avner Chen; Azores Experiences; Bar Harbor Whale Watch; Barry Gutradt; Bernardo Alps; Beth Simmons; Betsy Kelly; Beverly Orthwein; Bill Cork; bill hunnewell; Bill Mick; Bill Vlcek; Brett; Brian Chmielecki; Bruce Schuette; Bryan Payne; Caitlin Fitzmaurice; Cape Ann Whale Watch; Carina Gsottbauer; Caroline Weir; Carol Irwin; Carolyn Egazarian; Cathy Bacon; Charlotte; Chelsea pugh; Cheryl; Chris Croxson; Christian Engelke; Christian Turek; Christine Ellsworth; Claire Gatherall; Claudia Wagner; Colby Brokvist; Conor Ferrin; Conor Ryan; Cristin McKee; Dale Frink; Damon Mullins; Dan Carmen; Daniel Aurelio Reyes; Dan M; David Kaposi; david lambert; David Orr; Dawn Devitt; Deana Glenz; Debbie Rumbolt; Debbie Thompson; Deb Stewart; Deb Young; denison church; Diane Byrd; Divya Singh; Dominique Caverly; Don Kaplan; Doug Cheeseman; Drew Collins; Dulon Nicolas; Durlan Ingersoll; eddy thys; Elizabeth Sparrow; Elizabeth Zwamborn; Elke; Ellen Gomez; Era Horton; Eric Austin Yee; Eric Carr; Eric Hynes; Esther Connock; evelyn dumka; Felicia Capelle; Floris van Haarst; fm5050; Franck Hollander; Frank Hennicke; Frederik Van de Perre; Gail Koza; Gale McCullough; Garrett Coakley; Gary Gittis; Gavin Pattison; Genna Roland; Geoff Kerr; GordieBryce; GothamWhale; Grace Guiney; Greg Johnson; Gregory P. Key; Hal Whitehead; Hanna Michel; Hans Verdaat; Heather Reser; Heitor C; Helen Ahern; Hella Martens; Herman de Jongh; Iain Allison; Ingo Huber; James F C Hyde IV; Janita van Timmeren; Jan Laufer; Jan P. Zegarra; Jason Medd; Jason Romanus; Jeannine Winkel; Jeff Bates; Jeff Bjornson; Jeff Friedman; Jeff Litton; Jerry Meyers; Jessica Bauman; Jessica Bonosky; Jim Scarff; Jim Tchobanoff; Jim Wilson; Joanne Buddle; Jo Clark; Jodi Frediani; Joel Sheppard; jofree; Johanne Thomas; John Chardine; John Ellert; John J King II; Johnny Giese; Joonas Kinni; Josh Wallace; JT; Judith Scott; Julianne Taylor; Karen Francis; Katharine Hart; Kathie Rokita; Kelly Plaas; Ken Balcomb; Kerstin Langenberger; Kimberly Randal; Kim Miller; Kjersti Holmang; Kristin Rayfield; Kurt Johnson; Kyle Arvin; Lara Eade; Larry Bradfish; Laura Jourdan; LAURA RODRIGUEZ; Lauren Farmer; Laverne E Goering; libby_orcutt; Lindsay Curtis; Lisa Hildebrand; Liza Clark; logan schoppert; LucieP; Maartend; Madalena; Mandy Gibson; Mandy Houston; Marcin Solowiej; Marcus Bergström; Margaret Easton; Mariann Cyr; Marie Mrusczok; Marjanne Claassen; Marjorie Hawkins; Mark Bos; Mark Harris; Mark Malchoff; Marko Oudenaarden; Mark Rentz; Mark Schlaefer; Martin Lipman; Matthew; Matt whitbeck; Memorial University of Newfoundland; Meredith Jack; Michael Farkas; Michael Jackson; Michael Sherry; Millie LaPierre; Mirko Lischer; Mithriel MacKay; Mr. Ronald Henry Cooper; Nacho Oria; Nadine Habib; nancy johnson; New England Aquarium; Nick King; Nicole Leavitt; Nolwenn & Pauline; Ocean Research and Education Society (OERS); Oliver Boisseau; OMMAG; Oswaldo Vasquez; Pacific Whale Foundation; Pamela Le Noury; Pat O'Flaherty; Patricia Mezzina; Patrick Sysiong; Paul.Peluso; Paul Soulby; Payal S; Peter Diegutis; Peter Freeman; Peter Nelson; Philip Shearer; Raghavan Nair; Raina Burke; Ralph Lee Hopkins; Renato; Rhonda Buxton; Richard Simon; Richard White; Richard Winston; Rich MacNeil; Robert A. Boas; Robert Andrew Ferguson; Robert Ryan; Rob Gons; Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan; Ron Macdonald; RoryJackson; Rosemary Hillis; Rozanne Mackie; Sally Walton; Sanne Bakkers; Sara Franson; Sarah Heldt; Sarah Kather; sawer; Sean Brady; Shelley Lonergan; Simone Panigada; S&N; Soren Despain; SOS Dolfijn; Special Tours; Spyros Zacharioudakis; Staffan Bjornesjo; Stephanie Newkirk; Steven Michael Dunn; Steve Willetts; Sue McMullen; Suranjith Peiris; Susan Hale; Susanne; Suzanne Conant; Ted Cheeseman; Terra Azul; Terry Godfrey; The Humpback Dive Shack; Theo Vickers; Thomas Olufson; Tobias Brehm; Tom; Tom and Lindsay Bell; Tom Conlin; Tom Green; T. Pieper; Trent Stubbs; Trinity Eco-tours; Trish; Veronika Doppelreiter; Victoria Stokes; Victor Wiens; Vincent von Kaenel; Wageningen Marine Research; Walter Churchill; Will Ganza; 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 mammals8,458
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1975-07-01
Date, End2019-11-10
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude14.65 - 79.58
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