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
3512021-11-09whole_speciesgdb917List of datasetsList of species618a15178c959_20211109_013259
3522021-11-08dist_spwms181List of datasetsList of species618971ee28910_20211108_135903
3532021-11-08dist_spwms181List of datasetsList of species618971ee28910_20211108_135818
3542021-11-07pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species61884eb5b25ad_20211107_200746
3552021-11-07pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species61884eb5b25ad_20211107_201247
3562021-11-07pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species61884eb5b25ad_20211107_201612
3572021-11-07pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species61884eb5b25ad_20211107_191219
3582021-11-07pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species61884eb5b25ad_20211107_191237
3592021-11-07pointskml2List of datasetsList of species61884eb5b25ad_20211107_191232
3602021-11-07pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species61884eb5b25ad_20211107_191222
3612021-11-07dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species61884eb5b25ad_20211107_195731
3622021-11-07dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species61884eb5b25ad_20211107_195949
3632021-11-07pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species61884eb5b25ad_20211107_200439
3642021-11-07whole_speciesgdb917List of datasetsList of species61884eb5b25ad_20211107_200712
3652021-11-07whole_speciesgdb917List of datasetsList of species61884eb5b25ad_20211107_194802
3662021-11-06dist_spkml741List of datasetsList of species61872b65ac126_20211106_213429
3672021-11-06dist_spkml741List of datasetsList of species61872b65ac126_20211106_213424
3682021-11-05dist_spkml35List of datasetsList of species618511ddab5a5_20211105_074108
3692021-11-05whole_speciesgdb15List of datasetsList of species6184ee1a12399_20211105_050313
3702021-11-05whole_speciesgdb917List of datasetsList of species6184ee1a12399_20211105_052137
3712021-11-05whole_speciesgdb43List of datasetsList of species6184ee1a12399_20211105_060347
3722021-11-05whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species61853c057fc7c_20211105_151805
3732021-11-04whole_specieskml9List of datasetsList of species618341d580448_20211104_133820
3742021-11-03whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species6182c5badc1f6_20211103_133513
3752021-11-01pointscsv268List of datasetsList of species618089647109d_20211101_204317
3762021-11-01whole_specieskml268List of datasetsList of species61808657a3d1e_20211101_203749
3772021-11-01pointscsv268List of datasetsList of species61808657a3d1e_20211101_203805
3782021-11-01pointscsv23List of datasetsList of species61808a7534002_20211101_204722
3792021-10-26whole_speciescsv5List of datasetsList of species61784eab22ddc_20211026_150108
3802021-10-26whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species61782331b0d84_20211026_115428
3812021-10-21pointsshapefile1948List of datasetsList of species617216386371a_20211021_220007
3822021-10-19dist_spcsv35List of datasetsList of species616d721689fc0_20211019_115544
3832021-10-19dist_spcsv35List of datasetsList of species616d721689fc0_20211019_115548
3842021-10-19dist_spcsv35List of datasetsList of species616d721689fc0_20211019_115547
3852021-10-19dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species616ee9c00dde1_20211019_141659
3862021-10-19dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species616ee9c00dde1_20211019_141634
3872021-10-19dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species616ee9c00dde1_20211019_141638
3882021-10-19dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species616ee9c00dde1_20211019_141702
3892021-10-19dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species616ee9c00dde1_20211019_141631
3902021-10-19dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species616ee9c00dde1_20211019_141628
3912021-10-19dist_spcsv9List of datasetsList of species616e9b6d5772c_20211019_062017
3922021-10-16whole_specieskml9List of datasetsList of species616b4257328cc_20211016_172633
3932021-10-15dist_spshapefile1449List of datasetsList of species616989ba9fa33_20211015_104227
3942021-10-12pointskml1948List of datasetsList of species6165c9e0bd201_20211012_141153
3952021-10-12pointskml1948List of datasetsList of species6165c9e0bd201_20211012_135642
3962021-10-12pointskml1948List of datasetsList of species6165c9e0bd201_20211012_140455
3972021-10-12pointskml1948List of datasetsList of species6165c9e0bd201_20211012_135934
3982021-10-12pointsshapefile1948List of datasetsList of species6165c48647d3e_20211012_134440
3992021-10-12pointskml1948List of datasetsList of species6165c48647d3e_20211012_132945
4002021-10-12pointskml1948List of datasetsList of species6165bcd5a193e_20211012_131242
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.