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
1512022-04-18whole_specieskml9List of datasetsList of species625d9ddd5355c_20220418_133348
1522022-04-18whole_speciesgdb9List of datasetsList of species625d9ddd5355c_20220418_133416
1532022-04-12whole_speciescsv39List of datasetsList of species_20220412_054913
1542022-04-12whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species62550e416aa33_20220412_013124
1552022-04-12whole_speciesgdb268List of datasetsList of species62550e416aa33_20220412_013128
1562022-04-12pointsshapefile1948List of datasetsList of species6255da0008f11_20220412_160940
1572022-04-05whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species624c421ea87a4_20220405_092647
1582022-04-04dist_spkml181List of datasetsList of species624bb4b4a17cb_20220404_232038
1592022-04-04dist_spwms181List of datasetsList of species624baab1719d2_20220404_231437
1602022-04-04whole_specieskml268List of datasetsList of species624bb4b4a17cb_20220404_231747
1612022-04-04whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species624bb4b4a17cb_20220404_231913
1622022-04-04dist_spkml181List of datasetsList of species624bb4b4a17cb_20220404_234118
1632022-04-04dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species624b56d5d4510_20220404_171631
1642022-04-04dist_spshapefile707List of datasetsList of species624b56d5d4510_20220404_163932
1652022-04-02whole_datasetcsv1948List of datasetsList of species624893833ca53_20220402_142050
1662022-03-30whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species6244a4ebe51f3_20220330_144752
1672022-03-27whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species623f750c135af_20220327_000837
1682022-03-24dist_sp_h3shapefile240List of datasetsList of species623c5449dafc9_20220324_083000
1692022-03-24whole_specieskml23List of datasetsList of species623c5449dafc9_20220324_073524
1702022-03-24dist_sp_h3shapefile22List of datasetsList of species623c5449dafc9_20220324_081608
1712022-03-24dist_sp_h3kml22List of datasetsList of species623c5449dafc9_20220324_081518
1722022-03-21whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species6238bce293b99_20220321_141440
1732022-03-21whole_speciesgdb268List of datasetsList of species62387e44142ec_20220321_094050
1742022-03-18whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species62347c0dd3523_20220318_083424
1752022-03-18whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species62347c0dd3523_20220318_083508
1762022-03-14whole_speciesgdb15List of datasetsList of species622ec44c6888d_20220314_002904
1772022-03-14whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species622ec44c6888d_20220314_002910
1782022-03-14pointsshapefile8List of datasetsList of species622f160342ccd_20220314_073556
1792022-03-11dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species622bab7f290d0_20220311_150601
1802022-03-08whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species6227559caa455_20220308_081619
1812022-03-04whole_specieskml52List of datasetsList of species6221fc7c5c1fb_20220304_070430
1822022-03-04whole_specieswfs52List of datasetsList of species6221fc7c5c1fb_20220304_070445
1832022-03-04whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species6221fc7c5c1fb_20220304_070416
1842022-03-04whole_speciesgdb52List of datasetsList of species6221fc7c5c1fb_20220304_070423
1852022-03-03dist_spkml34List of datasetsList of species62216840bf181_20220303_201559
1862022-03-02dist_spcsv244List of datasetsList of species621ffd79886bb_20220302_184910
1872022-02-28whole_specieskml52List of datasetsList of species621d0f75448b2_20220228_132245
1882022-02-28whole_speciesgdb52List of datasetsList of species621d0f75448b2_20220228_132228
1892022-02-28whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species621d0f75448b2_20220228_132203
1902022-02-28dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species621cce6e20e07_20220228_083050
1912022-02-28whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species621d5c520559f_20220228_184530
1922022-02-25whole_specieskml65List of datasetsList of species62195ff688d68_20220225_195203
1932022-02-25dist_sp_h3kml58List of datasetsList of species62195ff688d68_20220225_184707
1942022-02-25dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species62187aa4efaf4_20220225_015459
1952022-02-25dist_spkml34List of datasetsList of species6219a10c9c4a3_20220225_230054
1962022-02-25dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species62187aa4efaf4_20220225_015508
1972022-02-25dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species6218801ce6634_20220225_020738
1982022-02-25dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species62187aa4efaf4_20220225_015507
1992022-02-25dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species62187aa4efaf4_20220225_015752
2002022-02-25dist_spkml22List of datasetsList of species62190079c5bda_20220225_111506
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.