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 20242023
Formats requested Types requested  
Gridded summary Type 1a (dist_taxa)6
Gridded summary Type 1b (dist_taxa_h3)2
Gridded summary Type 2a (dist_sp)173
Gridded summary Type 2b (dist_sp_h3)7
diversity indexes (diversity)0
Observations based on criteria (points)35
All observations of species (whole_species)328
All observations in dataset (whole_dataset)18
  • 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
1012024-04-22whole_speciesgdb256List of datasetsList of species662651533e9e9_20240422_081333
1022024-04-22whole_speciesgdb256List of datasetsList of species662651533e9e9_20240422_081306
1032024-04-22whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species662687d097a87_20240422_115327
1042024-04-17pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species661fcde899fbc_20240417_104533
1052024-04-17whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species661f3e447be0c_20240416_232326
1062024-04-17whole_specieskml2List of datasetsList of species661f3e447be0c_20240416_232350
1072024-04-11dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species6618590ebd997_20240411_180006
1082024-04-11dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species6618590ebd997_20240411_180009
1092024-04-09whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species661563fa5e090_20240409_115637
1102024-04-08dist_spshapefile148List of datasetsList of species6613447e6a16a_20240407_211839
1112024-04-08dist_spshapefile148List of datasetsList of species6613447e6a16a_20240407_211835
1122024-04-08dist_spshapefile148List of datasetsList of species6613447e6a16a_20240407_211834
1132024-04-08dist_spcsv13List of datasetsList of species661344987bbdc_20240407_233039
1142024-04-08dist_spcsv4List of datasetsList of species661344987bbdc_20240407_232602
1152024-04-08dist_spshapefile4List of datasetsList of species661344987bbdc_20240407_232542
1162024-04-08dist_spshapefile13List of datasetsList of species661344987bbdc_20240407_233022
1172024-04-04whole_speciescsv7List of datasetsList of species660bba6e17261_20240404_012507
1182024-04-04whole_speciescsv7List of datasetsList of species660bba6e17261_20240404_012512
1192024-04-03dist_spshapefile1666List of datasetsList of species660d4fa21fcfd_20240403_085159
1202024-04-03dist_spkml1666List of datasetsList of species660d4fa21fcfd_20240403_085202
1212024-04-03dist_spwms1666List of datasetsList of species660d4fa21fcfd_20240403_085211
1222024-04-01whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species660af4717fafe_20240401_135601
1232024-04-01dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species660afc3b67e49_20240401_142634
1242024-03-30whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species6607886a2f0cb_20240329_233827
1252024-03-23whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species65fef2b46c187_20240323_113709
1262024-03-23whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species65fef2b46c187_20240323_113819
1272024-03-23whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species65fef2b46c187_20240323_113639
1282024-03-23whole_specieskml268List of datasetsList of species65fef2b46c187_20240323_113543
1292024-03-23whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species65fef2b46c187_20240323_113519
1302024-03-23whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species65fef2b46c187_20240323_113524
1312024-03-23whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species65fef2b46c187_20240323_113942
1322024-03-23whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species65fef2b46c187_20240323_113745
1332024-03-20dist_spshapefile707List of datasetsList of species65fb0e4102a63_20240320_122807
1342024-03-20dist_spshapefile181List of datasetsList of species65fb074410851_20240320_121841
1352024-03-20dist_spshapefile181List of datasetsList of species65fb074410851_20240320_121843
1362024-03-20whole_speciesgdb268List of datasetsList of species65fb074410851_20240320_121807
1372024-03-20dist_spshapefile181List of datasetsList of species65fb0ceb21914_20240320_122411
1382024-03-13whole_specieskml52List of datasetsList of species65f1df942708b_20240313_132825
1392024-03-13whole_specieskml23List of datasetsList of species65f1df942708b_20240313_133735
1402024-03-13whole_speciescsv23List of datasetsList of species65f1df942708b_20240313_133404
1412024-03-13whole_specieskml65List of datasetsList of species65f1df942708b_20240313_132716
1422024-03-13dist_spcsv3List of datasetsList of species65f1dc8b800aa_20240313_131037
1432024-03-13whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species65f1df942708b_20240313_132415
1442024-03-13dist_spshapefile3List of datasetsList of species65f1dc8b800aa_20240313_131050
1452024-03-13whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species65f1df942708b_20240313_132307
1462024-03-13whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species65f1df942708b_20240313_132607
1472024-03-13whole_specieskml268List of datasetsList of species65f1df942708b_20240313_132423
1482024-03-13whole_specieskml9List of datasetsList of species65f1df942708b_20240313_132610
1492024-03-13whole_speciescsv65List of datasetsList of species65f1df942708b_20240313_132740
1502024-03-12dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species65f069f854b13_20240312_104516
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  • 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.