National Whale and Dolphin Sightings and Strandings Database
OBIS Secretariat, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

Summary of download requests

Number of users / requestsUsersRequests
Types requested AllPartial All or partial?: When all records of this dataset were downloaded, it is flagged as "All".
Otherwise, it is flagged as "Partial".
A partial download happens when a user specifies particular species / areas / dates of interest.
Years 202220212020201920182017201620152014201320122011
Formats requested Types requested  
Gridded summary Type 1a (dist_taxa)296
Gridded summary Type 1b (dist_taxa_h3)1
Gridded summary Type 2a (dist_sp)858
Gridded summary Type 2b (dist_sp_h3)16
diversity indexes (diversity)2
Observations based on criteria (points)936
All observations of species (whole_species)670
All observations in dataset (whole_dataset)33
  • Gridded summary Type 1 (dist_taxa): Sightings of all species are aggregated at 1/0.1/0.01 degree resolution. Users gets the number of species and records per grid cell.
    a: Rectangular grids; b: Hexagonal grids
  • Gridded summary Type 2 (dist_sp): Sightings of each species are aggregated at 1/0.1/0.01 degree resolution. Users gets the number of records of the species in question per grid cell.
    a: Rectangular grids; b: Hexagonal grids
  • All or partial?: When all records of this dataset were downloaded, it is flagged as "All". Otherwise, it is flagged as "Partial". A partial download happens when a user specifies particular species / areas / dates of interest.

Download request details

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No.Date requestedTypes requestedFormat#recordsAlong with...Species includedRequest ID
12022-06-25dist_spkml9List of datasetsList of species62b7180682d17_20220625_102507
22022-06-25dist_spkml9List of datasetsList of species62b7180682d17_20220625_102504
32022-06-22dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species62b33cc6754c4_20220622_120237
42022-06-22whole_specieskml65List of datasetsList of species62b3d0d2939c4_20220622_224504
52022-06-22whole_specieskml65List of datasetsList of species62b3d0d2939c4_20220622_224304
62022-06-22whole_specieskml65List of datasetsList of species62b3d0d2939c4_20220622_223813
72022-06-22whole_speciesgdb65List of datasetsList of species62b3d0d2939c4_20220622_224140
82022-06-21whole_speciesgdb9List of datasetsList of species62b1942add6d2_20220621_064512
92022-06-17dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species62acc53d58ffd_20220617_142215
102022-06-09whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species62a1d9f43a486_20220609_081103
112022-06-09whole_speciesgdb917List of datasetsList of species62a1d9f43a486_20220609_080519
122022-06-08whole_speciesgdb268List of datasetsList of species62a0ceada0bc1_20220608_130519
132022-06-08whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species62a0ceada0bc1_20220608_123625
142022-06-08whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species62a0ceada0bc1_20220608_123638
152022-06-08dist_spcsv807List of datasetsList of species62a0ba9ede707_20220608_110753
162022-06-08pointsshapefile43List of datasetsList of species62a092561d5e0_20220608_081454
172022-06-08pointsshapefile65List of datasetsList of species62a08c2325365_20220608_074928
182022-06-08pointsshapefile9List of datasetsList of species62a095f5f251b_20220608_082954
192022-06-08pointsshapefile268List of datasetsList of species62a097f63e9d4_20220608_083815
202022-06-08pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species62a096c472d2d_20220608_083323
212022-06-08pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species62a08f89c17cb_20220608_080315
222022-06-08whole_speciescsv65List of datasetsList of species62a091b8dfdd3_20220608_081628
232022-06-07dist_spshapefile45List of datasetsList of species629fecda9bf91_20220607_203050
242022-06-07dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species629fecda9bf91_20220607_203045
252022-06-07pointsshapefile23List of datasetsList of species629fb101b07f9_20220607_161258
262022-06-07pointsshapefile9List of datasetsList of species629fafeee5985_20220607_160824
272022-06-07pointsshapefile917List of datasetsList of species629fb2069a8f3_20220607_161849
282022-05-31whole_specieskml43List of datasetsList of species6295dd18de53b_20220531_052952
292022-05-27dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species6290fe0154b02_20220527_133550
302022-05-27dist_spshapefile244List of datasetsList of species628ffc9b23f46_20220527_123519
312022-05-27dist_spshapefile244List of datasetsList of species628ffc9b23f46_20220527_123515
322022-05-26dist_spcsv244List of datasetsList of species628ffc9b23f46_20220526_182518
332022-05-26dist_spshapefile244List of datasetsList of species628ffc9b23f46_20220526_183404
342022-05-24whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species628cf73a4e778_20220524_113754
352022-05-24pointscsv48List of datasetsList of species628cf2fba413c_20220524_111132
362022-05-24whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species628cf73a4e778_20220524_113632
372022-05-24whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species628cf73a4e778_20220524_113406
382022-05-24whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species628cf73a4e778_20220524_113445
392022-05-24pointscsv43List of datasetsList of species628cf2fba413c_20220524_110820
402022-05-24whole_speciescsv23List of datasetsList of species628cf73a4e778_20220524_113923
412022-05-24whole_speciescsv5List of datasetsList of species628cf2fba413c_20220524_111544
422022-05-24whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species628cfcce9a992_20220524_114557
432022-05-24whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species628cf73a4e778_20220524_112423
442022-05-23dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species628c17f83ba6e_20220523_192728
452022-05-23dist_spcsv853List of datasetsList of species628c1431e0ab0_20220523_191539
462022-05-23whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species628c1431e0ab0_20220523_192041
472022-05-19dist_spkml1List of datasetsList of species628653a9ae443_20220519_102735
482022-05-19pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_013748
492022-05-19dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_013443
502022-05-19dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_012601
List of datasets


  • The summary of the download requests may not be accurate as the download functionality of the OBIS-SEAMAP mapping tools have been advancing and it is hard to put together old download requests with newer ones.
  • The number of users may be overcounted or undercounted as we didn't collect the information of user identification in early years of OBIS-SEAMAP and the IP addresses are used as a proxy to user identity for old requests.
  • Other issues that may result in inaccuracy is:
    • a user may try downloading data with slightly different criteria for the same project/purpose.
    • a user may download data a couple of times over time to include the latest observations.
    • a user may download data with more coarse criteria and then filter the downloaded data more for specific needs (e.g. download global sightings of a species and then filter them with a study area).
    • a user may download data just for a test purpose.
    • For KML format, a user may visualize the data using Google Earth but did not use them for his/her scientific work.
  • The data type of "diversity indexes" was added in July 2016.
  • Although we have started collecting details of a request (i.e. user's name, prospectus) since Nov 2013, we do not disclose the details unless the user gives us consent. If you want to know more details on the request, please contact us with the Request ID ready. We will try connecting you with the user in question.