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 2023
Formats requested Types requested  
Gridded summary Type 1a (dist_taxa)3
Gridded summary Type 1b (dist_taxa_h3)0
Gridded summary Type 2a (dist_sp)93
Gridded summary Type 2b (dist_sp_h3)1
diversity indexes (diversity)0
Observations based on criteria (points)22
All observations of species (whole_species)129
All observations in dataset (whole_dataset)9
  • 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
1012023-06-19dist_spcsv1473List of datasetsList of species6490f3039ea3a_20230619_205403
1022023-06-16whole_specieskml52List of datasetsList of species648c72811edef_20230616_115224
1032023-06-16pointswfs268List of datasetsList of species648ca06de8550_20230616_145307
1042023-06-16whole_speciescsv5List of datasetsList of species648ca06de8550_20230616_230240
1052023-06-16pointscsv268List of datasetsList of species648ca06de8550_20230616_151733
1062023-06-15whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species648b395624b9a_20230615_122054
1072023-06-13dist_spcsv1506List of datasetsList of species64885747e24b9_20230613_080149
1082023-06-13whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_091645
1092023-06-13whole_speciescsv65List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_081148
1102023-06-13whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_082923
1112023-06-13whole_speciescsv23List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_083003
1122023-06-13whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_083153
1132023-06-13whole_speciescsv7List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_083348
1142023-06-13whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_083443
1152023-06-13whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_083635
1162023-06-13whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_083713
1172023-06-13whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_083740
1182023-06-13whole_speciescsv14List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_083758
1192023-06-13whole_speciescsv5List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_083833
1202023-06-13whole_speciescsv43List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_083936
1212023-06-13whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species64885ca1287b9_20230613_090222
1222023-06-13whole_speciescsv7List of datasetsList of species64882c8e734dd_20230613_045015
1232023-06-13whole_speciesgdb7List of datasetsList of species64882c8e734dd_20230613_045019
1242023-06-12whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species6487c05d5e1ef_20230612_210848
1252023-06-12whole_specieskml52List of datasetsList of species6487c05d5e1ef_20230612_210905
1262023-06-05whole_speciesgdb23List of datasetsList of species647de93e74e0a_20230605_100027
1272023-06-05whole_speciescsv23List of datasetsList of species647de93e74e0a_20230605_095942
1282023-06-05whole_speciesgdb23List of datasetsList of species647de93e74e0a_20230605_100559
1292023-06-02pointscsv4List of datasetsList of species6479b6030a4d5_20230602_054448
1302023-06-02dist_spshapefile181List of datasetsList of species647a87c010b75_20230602_202959
1312023-06-01pointscsv4List of datasetsList of species6477175758a15_20230601_062250
1322023-06-01pointskml4List of datasetsList of species6477175758a15_20230601_062320
1332023-06-01pointsshapefile4List of datasetsList of species6477175758a15_20230601_062311
1342023-06-01whole_speciesgdb43List of datasetsList of species64788b8f7fae6_20230601_083706
1352023-06-01whole_speciescsv43List of datasetsList of species64788b8f7fae6_20230601_083710
1362023-05-28pointskml43List of datasetsList of species6472d668d6b1d_20230528_002741
1372023-05-28pointskml43List of datasetsList of species6472d668d6b1d_20230528_002718
1382023-05-26dist_spshapefile56List of datasetsList of species6470f6d049eb6_20230526_150655
1392023-05-26dist_spshapefile1449List of datasetsList of species6470f6d049eb6_20230526_153412
1402023-05-26dist_spshapefile11List of datasetsList of species6470f6d049eb6_20230526_150323
1412023-05-26whole_speciescsv14List of datasetsList of species6470f6d049eb6_20230526_150139
1422023-05-26whole_speciesgdb14List of datasetsList of species6470f6d049eb6_20230526_144316
1432023-05-23dist_spshapefile148List of datasetsList of species646cde1ab0bcd_20230523_114507
1442023-05-23dist_spcsv148List of datasetsList of species646cde1ab0bcd_20230523_114504
1452023-05-23dist_spshapefile148List of datasetsList of species646cde1ab0bcd_20230523_114617
1462023-05-23dist_spcsv148List of datasetsList of species646cde1ab0bcd_20230523_114616
1472023-05-20whole_datasetcsv1948List of datasetsList of species64686e27257e9_20230520_025505
1482023-05-20whole_speciescsv23List of datasetsList of species6468c364d4a35_20230520_085948
1492023-05-19dist_spkml1List of datasetsList of species64676f3d69eb7_20230519_084502
1502023-05-19whole_speciescsv14List of datasetsList of species64674e740bef4_20230519_062850
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.