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)301
Gridded summary Type 1b (dist_taxa_h3)1
Gridded summary Type 2a (dist_sp)901
Gridded summary Type 2b (dist_sp_h3)16
diversity indexes (diversity)2
Observations based on criteria (points)939
All observations of species (whole_species)701
All observations in dataset (whole_dataset)34
  • 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
12022-09-23whole_specieskml268List of datasetsList of species632db1cb81962_20220923_103652
22022-09-19whole_specieskml23List of datasetsList of species632885c2c77fa_20220919_111153
32022-09-13whole_specieskml9List of datasetsList of species6320c5e5f3eae_20220913_140522
42022-09-13dist_spcsv9List of datasetsList of species6320c5e5f3eae_20220913_140555
52022-09-13whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species_20220913_145749
62022-09-02dist_spshapefile3List of datasetsList of species6311df39dcc9d_20220902_093701
72022-09-02dist_spshapefile3List of datasetsList of species6311df39dcc9d_20220902_092004
82022-08-30whole_speciescsv23List of datasetsList of species630df8eb28a6b_20220830_075154
92022-08-29whole_speciescsv65List of datasetsList of species630cf3672f525_20220829_132007
102022-08-29dist_spcsv59List of datasetsList of species630cf3672f525_20220829_133000
112022-08-29whole_speciescsv65List of datasetsList of species630cf3672f525_20220829_132939
122022-08-24whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species630603e59a683_20220824_075146
132022-08-23whole_specieskml9List of datasetsList of species6304e7445369d_20220823_104733
142022-08-23whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species6304e7445369d_20220823_104948
152022-08-21whole_speciescsv256List of datasetsList of species6301a63772bb4_20220821_003351
162022-08-20whole_speciescsv65List of datasetsList of species63015d427a87d_20220820_182014
172022-08-20whole_speciescsv256List of datasetsList of species6301a63772bb4_20220820_233055
182022-08-19dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species62ffaeda9dca8_20220819_114110
192022-08-19dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species62ffaeda9dca8_20220819_114122
202022-08-17whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species62fd0a8b9c067_20220817_121900
212022-08-16dist_taxashapefile12List of datasetsList of species62fbc82071bea_20220816_124257
222022-08-16dist_taxashapefile12List of datasetsList of species62fbc82071bea_20220816_124307
232022-08-13dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species62f7f0862f921_20220813_144744
242022-08-06whole_datasetcsv1948List of datasetsList of species62ee046bef09c_20220806_021020
252022-08-01whole_speciescsv14List of datasetsList of species62e80c470fa11_20220801_140522
262022-08-01whole_speciesgdb14List of datasetsList of species62e80c470fa11_20220801_135810
272022-08-01whole_speciescsv14List of datasetsList of species62e80c470fa11_20220801_140536
282022-07-28dist_spshapefile35List of datasetsList of species62e2b6b9bed99_20220728_122902
292022-07-28dist_spcsv35List of datasetsList of species62e2b6b9bed99_20220728_123037
302022-07-27dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species62e1338ae5fda_20220727_085739
312022-07-27dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species62e1338ae5fda_20220727_085024
322022-07-25pointscsv1532List of datasetsList of species62de80c0bcdc2_20220725_085036
332022-07-25pointscsv1555List of datasetsList of species62de80c0bcdc2_20220725_085636
342022-07-23dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species62dc4dc57c4e4_20220723_161732
352022-07-22dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species62da541b3acb4_20220722_034712
362022-07-22dist_spkml244List of datasetsList of species62dabef77dc48_20220722_111704
372022-07-22dist_spkml244List of datasetsList of species62dabef77dc48_20220722_111702
382022-07-20pointskml1List of datasetsList of species62d7c37c9bed0_20220720_050445
392022-07-19whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species62d7137592d61_20220719_163131
402022-07-19whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species62d7137592d61_20220719_163914
412022-07-19whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species62d7137592d61_20220719_163221
422022-07-19whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species62d7137592d61_20220719_163024
432022-07-14dist_spshapefile707List of datasetsList of species62cfcaa3a627c_20220714_035345
442022-07-11dist_spkml244List of datasetsList of species62cc6cdb34b24_20220711_144033
452022-07-11dist_spkml244List of datasetsList of species62cc6cdb34b24_20220711_144029
462022-07-02dist_spkml59List of datasetsList of species62c064b809d56_20220702_114448
472022-07-02dist_spkml59List of datasetsList of species62c064b809d56_20220702_114607
482022-07-02dist_spkml59List of datasetsList of species62c064b809d56_20220702_113203
492022-07-02dist_spkml59List of datasetsList of species62c064b809d56_20220702_113955
502022-07-02dist_spkml59List of datasetsList of species62c064b809d56_20220702_114029
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.