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
19512016-10-04dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species57f3be021366a_20161004_103459
19522016-10-04dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species57f3b66e28aea_20161004_100322
19532016-10-04dist_spkml13List of datasetsList of species57f3b54ee86e3_20161004_95900
19542016-10-04dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species57f3add505246_20161004_92550
19552016-10-04dist_spkml25List of datasetsList of species57f3abf803293_20161004_92024
19562016-10-04dist_spkml15List of datasetsList of species57f3a95a47c38_20161004_90755
19572016-10-04dist_spkml15List of datasetsList of species57f3a95a47c38_20161004_90743
19582016-10-04dist_spkml15List of datasetsList of species57f3a95a47c38_20161004_90647
19592016-10-04pointscsv13List of datasetsList of species57f3578d27b19_20161004_33039
19602016-10-03dist_spkml1002List of datasetsList of species57f266484fe89_20161003_101149
19612016-10-03dist_spkml530List of datasetsList of species57f266484fe89_20161003_101919
19622016-10-03dist_spkml530List of datasetsList of species57f266484fe89_20161003_102401
19632016-10-03pointskml2020List of datasetsList of species57f2c3fdda293_20161003_165451
19642016-09-29dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species57ed510e0c6fe_20160929_133954
19652016-09-27pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species57ea5a03ef8ec_20160927_74652
19662016-09-23pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species57e56818c9ff6_20160923_133834
19672016-09-21dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species57e21b5d3f44d_20160921_14654
19682016-09-19pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species57e0943c0ac76_20160919_215819
19692016-09-17pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species57dd4b148e472_20160917_133036
19702016-09-17pointscsv7List of datasetsList of species57dd4b148e472_20160917_100258
19712016-09-17pointscsv27List of datasetsList of species57dd4b148e472_20160917_134153
19722016-09-15pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species57db276db88b3_20160915_190314
19732016-09-12dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species57d76390cf859_20160912_222612
19742016-09-11pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species57d618df1f0be_20160911_225721
19752016-09-09pointsshapefile6List of datasetsList of species57d196499ec05_20160909_62526
19762016-09-07pointscsv55List of datasetsList of species57d017a6cdf84_20160907_102939
19772016-09-07pointscsv16List of datasetsList of species57d017a6cdf84_20160907_101158
19782016-09-07pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species57d017a6cdf84_20160907_101103
19792016-09-07pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species57d017a6cdf84_20160907_101751
19802016-09-07pointscsv1List of datasetsList of species57d017a6cdf84_20160907_101847
19812016-09-07pointscsv67List of datasetsList of species57d017a6cdf84_20160907_101316
19822016-09-07pointscsv82List of datasetsList of species57d017a6cdf84_20160907_102332
19832016-09-07pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species57d017a6cdf84_20160907_102423
19842016-09-07pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species57d017a6cdf84_20160907_100932
19852016-09-07pointscsv5List of datasetsList of species57d017a6cdf84_20160907_102807
19862016-09-07pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species57d017a6cdf84_20160907_102622
19872016-09-06pointskml10List of datasetsList of species57ce5e2e4b5e5_20160906_21700
19882016-09-02dist_spshapefile313List of datasetsList of species57c9aec7d0178_20160902_131859
19892016-09-02dist_spshapefile859List of datasetsList of species57c9aea108325_20160902_131555
19902016-09-02dist_spshapefile359List of datasetsList of species57c9ae082cc3c_20160902_131200
19912016-09-02dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species57c9aedc4d4d8_20160902_132001
19922016-09-02pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species57c9b98054c9d_20160902_134211
19932016-08-21dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species57b94c3c6a6dc_20160821_30908
19942016-08-18dist_spshapefile3List of datasetsList of species57b591799ceb8_20160818_70311
19952016-08-18dist_taxacsv3List of datasetsList of species57b591799ceb8_20160818_65646
19962016-08-18dist_taxashapefile3List of datasetsList of species57b591799ceb8_20160818_64945
19972016-08-17pointsshapefile1599List of datasetsList of species57b4006609496_20160817_21600
19982016-08-17pointsshapefile1599List of datasetsList of species57b4016bef4a9_20160817_21809
19992016-08-16dist_spshapefile10List of datasetsList of species57b3bf2c0858b_20160816_213549
20002016-08-16dist_spshapefile1387List of datasetsList of species57b2dab30bda8_20160816_52054
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.