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
2512022-01-25whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species61f03957e69d1_20220125_133644
2522022-01-25whole_speciesgdb15List of datasetsList of species61f03957e69d1_20220125_133705
2532022-01-24whole_speciescsv43List of datasetsList of species61ee7bddbd75d_20220124_052154
2542022-01-22whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species61e9dc2339929_20220122_060218
2552022-01-22whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species61ec5498c6000_20220122_153746
2562022-01-22whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species61ec71f4822e4_20220122_161054
2572022-01-21dist_spwms7List of datasetsList of species61ea48a34d99e_20220121_004952
2582022-01-21dist_spwfs7List of datasetsList of species61ea48a34d99e_20220121_004723
2592022-01-21whole_specieswms15List of datasetsList of species61ea0e4925583_20220120_204209
2602022-01-21whole_specieswms15List of datasetsList of species61ea0e4925583_20220120_204311
2612022-01-19dist_spkml254List of datasetsList of species61e89c0001522_20220119_185834
2622022-01-19dist_spkml254List of datasetsList of species61e89c0001522_20220119_185831
2632022-01-19dist_spkml254List of datasetsList of species61e89c0001522_20220119_185830
2642022-01-19dist_spkml254List of datasetsList of species61e89c0001522_20220119_185832
2652022-01-12dist_spcsv1483List of datasetsList of species61ded4734913b_20220112_081818
2662022-01-12dist_spwfs1483List of datasetsList of species61ded4734913b_20220112_081959
2672022-01-12dist_spshapefile1483List of datasetsList of species61ded4734913b_20220112_081925
2682022-01-12dist_spwms1483List of datasetsList of species61ded4734913b_20220112_082024
2692022-01-11dist_spshapefile1483List of datasetsList of species61dd535514d4b_20220111_050512
2702022-01-09dist_spcsv22List of datasetsList of species61dac973ccf21_20220109_064133
2712022-01-06dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species61d6fd79d3922_20220106_094754
2722022-01-06dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species61d6fd79d3922_20220106_101142
2732022-01-06pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species61d6fd79d3922_20220106_101809
2742022-01-06dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species61d6fd79d3922_20220106_094428
2752022-01-05pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species61d51161cd403_20220104_225110
2762021-12-30dist_spkml10List of datasetsList of species61cdbfd0684d4_20211230_092004
2772021-12-30dist_spkml10List of datasetsList of species61cdbfd0684d4_20211230_092007
2782021-12-29whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species61cc7f523cac8_20211229_105332
2792021-12-29dist_spshapefile9List of datasetsList of species61cbf5f41757f_20211229_004602
2802021-12-29dist_spshapefile9List of datasetsList of species61cbf5f41757f_20211229_004556
2812021-12-28whole_speciescsv43List of datasetsList of species61caf2a93f187_20211228_062336
2822021-12-23dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species61c49800bb22f_20211223_105622
2832021-12-23dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species61c49800bb22f_20211223_105624
2842021-12-18dist_spcsv46List of datasetsList of species61bd6de4729bc_20211218_001632
2852021-12-16whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species61baba71d7ced_20211215_230703
2862021-12-16whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species61baba71d7ced_20211215_232740
2872021-12-13dist_spcsv2List of datasetsList of species61b7210b48da3_20211213_053315
2882021-12-13whole_speciesgdb2List of datasetsList of species61b7292613120_20211213_172517
2892021-12-13whole_speciesgdb5List of datasetsList of species61b7292613120_20211213_175006
2902021-12-13whole_speciesgdb3List of datasetsList of species61b7292613120_20211213_172946
2912021-12-13whole_speciesgdb14List of datasetsList of species61b7292613120_20211213_170822
2922021-12-13whole_speciesgdb52List of datasetsList of species61b7292613120_20211213_172122
2932021-12-13whole_speciesgdb52List of datasetsList of species61b7292613120_20211213_171958
2942021-12-13whole_speciesgdb9List of datasetsList of species61b7292613120_20211213_174614
2952021-12-12whole_speciesgdb268List of datasetsList of species61b6223021718_20211212_112640
2962021-12-12whole_specieswfs52List of datasetsList of species61b59c9051a1c_20211212_020639
2972021-12-12dist_spshapefile46List of datasetsList of species61b59c9051a1c_20211212_020346
2982021-12-11whole_speciesgdb1List of datasetsList of species61b3d42094065_20211210_190955
2992021-12-10dist_spshapefile387List of datasetsList of species61b3b0c014c8e_20211210_150010
3002021-12-10whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species61b3b82fa351b_20211210_152747
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.