Happywhale - Humpback Whale in South Pacific Ocean

Dataset credit

Happywhale and contributors


Primary contact Ted Cheeseman Happywhale
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University


Happywhale. 2020. Happywhale - Humpback Whale in South Pacific Ocean. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1768) 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 249 contributors in alphabetic order:

Adam Bradley; Alan Jennison; Aldo Pacheco; Alexander Grabham; Alexandra Whittaker; Alex Macipe; Alex Vogel; Alfredo Carrasco Valdivieso; Alicia; Amanda Zimmerman; ana; Ana Maria Garcia Cegarra; Andrea Petit Grüter; Andrew Jones; Andrew Peacock; Andrew Young; Andy Murray; Ange Anderson; Angela; Anita mills; Anneke Borrett; Annette Eggleston; Annika Dahlberg; Anthony Lacey (Tony) Lunt; Anthony Walsh; April Houweling; Arne Bivrin; Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari; Avery; Barbara Elliot; Baz A Brown; B. Cameron Lee; Ben Perceval; Bernardo Alps; Blueys Photography; Bob Jensen; Brian Dolan; Caesar Schinas; Cara V; Cassandra Smith; Cassie Chronik; Chantelle; Charlotte Esposito; Chrissy Choi; Cindy Marple; Cindy Reich; Claire Garrigue; Claudio F. Vidal; Cynthia Manning; Dana Thacker; Daniel; Daniela Abras; Daniela Haro; Daniel Burns; Daniel Slotwiner; DarrenJew; Darren Rice; Darren Wong; Dave Phillips; David Donnelly; David Hidalgo; David Palfrey; David Paton; Denise Hill; Diego; Dom; Dominic May; Dominik Fretz; Dr Trish Franklin; East Coast Whale Watch Citizen Scientists; EJs Encounters; Elaine Medlin; Elie Vannier; Ella Pepper; Eloise Wright; Elsa Freschet; Emily; Emily Ebbutt; Eric Carr; Fabian Varasteh; Fernando Félix Grijalva; Fiamma; Flo Kuyper; Gailene Hughes; Gaye Henderson; Geoff Kerr; Geoff White; George; Gerald Friesen; Gillian Prior; Glenn Edney; Gonzalo Gomez; Grace Russell; Gustavo Cevallos; Hamish Laird; Hannah Busch; Hannah Lawson; Hans Verdaat; Horst Klotz; Ian Prain; Ian Routley; Isaac Self; Jack McCabe; james begeman; James Unsworth; Janelle Bressow; Jan McClymont; Jan & Saskia; Jasmine Carey; Jean-François Peretti; Jean-Louis Delezenne; Jeannine Winkel; Jean Pierre Orduña R.; Jess scionti; Jill Hein; Jim Eaton; jimmy langman; Jim Wilson; Joanne Buddle; Jodie Lowe; Jodi Frediani; Joe Goodson; John Chardine; john henderson; Jooke Robbins; Jorge Acevedo; Josie Faulkner; J S Batchelor; Juan Capella; Juan Manuel Salcedo; Judith Denkinger; Julie Kondor; Julie Parker; June Burlingame Smith; Karen Stone; Katharina Kreissig; Kelly Summers; Ken Struthers; Kerry Purvis; Kim Powell; Ko; Kootenay Wilderness; Laura; Laura Chaffey; Leanne Maffesoni; Leanne Siveyer; Lianne MacLeod; Linda Horton; Lisa Kruger; Lucia; Luis Santillán; Lynda Shaw; Madeleine Brasier; Madison Miketa; Marcel Vinicius de Morais; maria canahua; María José Pérez; Marian Herz; Marie Z. Gardner; Marilia Olio; Marine Mammal Ecology Group, University of Auckland; Mark Andrew Cornish; Mark Scanlan; Mark Shepherd; Marnie Griffiths; Melanie Smith; Mel bragg; Mette Lubczyk; Michael John Watson; Michelle Sutton; Mike Greenfelder; Mindy Huston; miro; Nadia Aly; Naomi Lessels; Natalia Dellabianca; natasha n; Nicole prideaux; Nina Kee; Noosa Oceanrider; Olive Andrews; Olivia Van Baarsen; Pacific Whale Foundation; Patrick O Byrne; Paul John Scranton; Peta Beeman; Pete Garbett; Pete Naik; Peter Bedford; Peter Harrison; Phil House; Philip Precey; Philip van Dueren; Rachael C; Rae Gill; Raina Burke; Ralf Linnemann; Reinhold Skoglund; Renee DeBont; Ricardo Matus; Richard Bruce Taylor; Rich Griffith; Rich Hudnut Jr; Rickard Gillberg; Rita Kluge; Robin; Robyn Sawyer; Roland; Roxane Damseaux; Ruby Slavet-Burr; Sacha Guggenheimer; Sam Watkins - Travelling Jewel Photography; Sandy Carroll; Sandy Mendel; Santiago Imberti; Sara Fernandez; Sarah Gower; Sarah Kather; Scott Portelli; Selina Guckenbiehl; sergio ujevic; Sigi Wiesner; Simon Ottner; Sophia Zell; Stefan Braeger; Stephen; Stephenie Ezzy; Steven Wincor; Steve Saragossi; Sue Reid; Susan Bengtson Nash; Tammie Jaeger; Tanya Snowden; Ted Cheeseman; Tim Glaeser; Tim Shaw; Tine Haslam Nielsen; Tom Pegram; Tory Johnson; Tracey Cragg; Tracy Waters; Veronika Doppelreiter; Vicki Beaver; Vicki Neville; Vincent von Kaenel; Wendy klein; Whalesong Cruises Hervey Bay; Whale Watching Chile; Yvonne Au




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 mammals8,732
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1991-09-01
Date, End2020-10-19
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude-54.92 - 0.12
Longitude-178.02 - 175.12
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