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)302
Gridded summary Type 1b (dist_taxa_h3)1
Gridded summary Type 2a (dist_sp)897
Gridded summary Type 2b (dist_sp_h3)16
diversity indexes (diversity)2
Observations based on criteria (points)939
All observations of species (whole_species)688
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
1012022-05-24whole_speciescsv5List of datasetsList of species628cf2fba413c_20220524_111544
1022022-05-24whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species628cf73a4e778_20220524_112423
1032022-05-24whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species628cf73a4e778_20220524_113632
1042022-05-24pointscsv48List of datasetsList of species628cf2fba413c_20220524_111132
1052022-05-24whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species628cf73a4e778_20220524_113445
1062022-05-24whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species628cf73a4e778_20220524_113406
1072022-05-24pointscsv43List of datasetsList of species628cf2fba413c_20220524_110820
1082022-05-24whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species628cfcce9a992_20220524_114557
1092022-05-24whole_speciescsv23List of datasetsList of species628cf73a4e778_20220524_113923
1102022-05-24whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species628cf73a4e778_20220524_113754
1112022-05-23dist_spcsv853List of datasetsList of species628c1431e0ab0_20220523_191539
1122022-05-23dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species628c17f83ba6e_20220523_192728
1132022-05-23whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species628c1431e0ab0_20220523_192041
1142022-05-19dist_spkml1List of datasetsList of species628653a9ae443_20220519_102735
1152022-05-19dist_taxa_h3shapefile1List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_011330
1162022-05-19dist_taxashapefile1List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_011659
1172022-05-19dist_taxashapefile1List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_010126
1182022-05-19dist_taxacsv1List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_010132
1192022-05-19dist_taxawfs1List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_010316
1202022-05-19pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_013748
1212022-05-19dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_013443
1222022-05-19dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_012601
1232022-05-19dist_taxawfs1List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_010319
1242022-05-19dist_taxacsv1List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_012940
1252022-05-19dist_taxashapefile1List of datasetsList of species6285ce74d89aa_20220519_012546
1262022-05-19whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species62854e5367124_20220519_123141
1272022-05-18pointscsv1948List of datasetsList of species6285474f12f01_20220518_155300
1282022-05-18dist_spcsv807List of datasetsList of species62854441a6c12_20220518_151203
1292022-05-18dist_spcsv807List of datasetsList of species62854441a6c12_20220518_151344
1302022-05-18dist_spcsv807List of datasetsList of species62854441a6c12_20220518_151201
1312022-05-18whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species62854e5367124_20220518_155829
1322022-05-18whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species62854e5367124_20220518_155826
1332022-05-17dist_spkml9List of datasetsList of species6283b02ab7140_20220517_102511
1342022-05-17dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species628465aaac19d_20220517_232129
1352022-05-06whole_speciesgdb15List of datasetsList of species627513b1f36ff_20220506_083050
1362022-05-06whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species6275971a84129_20220506_195701
1372022-05-03whole_speciescsv68List of datasetsList of species62717c648946f_20220503_154346
1382022-05-03dist_spshapefile717List of datasetsList of species627155805183e_20220503_121915
1392022-05-03dist_spcsv717List of datasetsList of species627155805183e_20220503_122042
1402022-05-03whole_speciescsv81List of datasetsList of species62717c648946f_20220503_152931
1412022-05-03whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species62717c648946f_20220503_154029
1422022-05-03whole_speciescsv68List of datasetsList of species62717c648946f_20220503_154859
1432022-04-28whole_speciesgdb68List of datasetsList of species626ae865db41d_20220428_165657
1442022-04-28whole_speciesgdb7List of datasetsList of species626ae865db41d_20220428_152952
1452022-04-28whole_speciesgdb9List of datasetsList of species626ae865db41d_20220428_153011
1462022-04-19whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species625e4cf973e65_20220419_015423
1472022-04-19dist_spcsv379List of datasetsList of species625ead707c4fc_20220419_084330
1482022-04-18whole_speciesgdb268List of datasetsList of species625d81b870656_20220418_121936
1492022-04-18whole_speciesgdb268List of datasetsList of species625d81b870656_20220418_121934
1502022-04-18whole_speciesgdb268List of datasetsList of species625d81b870656_20220418_122025
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.