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 20242023
Formats requested Types requested  
Gridded summary Type 1a (dist_taxa)6
Gridded summary Type 1b (dist_taxa_h3)2
Gridded summary Type 2a (dist_sp)173
Gridded summary Type 2b (dist_sp_h3)7
diversity indexes (diversity)0
Observations based on criteria (points)35
All observations of species (whole_species)328
All observations in dataset (whole_dataset)19
  • 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
512024-05-31whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species6659733d22a90_20240531_025134
522024-05-31dist_spcsv1051List of datasetsList of species665a1ce08479d_20240531_145703
532024-05-26whole_speciescsv81List of datasetsList of species66535cd7b8e99_20240526_123958
542024-05-26dist_spcsv3List of datasetsList of species6652ab8c5053c_20240525_232822
552024-05-24dist_taxa_h3shapefile1271List of datasetsList of species6650f48bc2821_20240524_162729
562024-05-24dist_taxa_h3shapefile1271List of datasetsList of species6650f48bc2821_20240524_162734
572024-05-23whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species664b625d2a9c6_20240523_024424
582024-05-22whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species664db9dfae4b2_20240522_053433
592024-05-19pointsshapefile917List of datasetsList of species664a5c063e148_20240519_161207
602024-05-19pointsshapefile917List of datasetsList of species664a5c063e148_20240519_161251
612024-05-15whole_datasetcsv1948List of datasetsList of species66448d941635d_20240515_062944
622024-05-09whole_speciesgdb9List of datasetsList of species663d0d3beff66_20240509_135219
632024-05-09whole_specieskml9List of datasetsList of species663d0d3beff66_20240509_135506
642024-05-09whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species663d0d3beff66_20240509_135952
652024-05-08whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species663bf4cd1490d_20240508_175635
662024-05-08whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species663bbe5f947f7_20240508_140734
672024-05-03whole_datasetcsv1948List of datasetsList of species66352b34bf0b1_20240503_142411
682024-05-02whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species6633bd5629083_20240502_122432
692024-05-02whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species6633bd5629083_20240502_122433
702024-05-02whole_specieswfs52List of datasetsList of species6633d827dc952_20240502_143837
712024-05-02whole_specieswfs52List of datasetsList of species6633d827dc952_20240502_145328
722024-05-02whole_specieswfs52List of datasetsList of species6633d827dc952_20240502_145612
732024-05-02whole_specieswfs52List of datasetsList of species6633d827dc952_20240502_145210
742024-05-02whole_speciesgdb52List of datasetsList of species6633d827dc952_20240502_143332
752024-04-30whole_speciescsv256List of datasetsList of species6630ca7c539cc_20240430_065139
762024-04-30whole_speciesgdb256List of datasetsList of species6630ca7c539cc_20240430_064848
772024-04-30whole_speciescsv256List of datasetsList of species6630ca7c539cc_20240430_064805
782024-04-29dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species662fb3b2daad6_20240429_105431
792024-04-27whole_datasetcsv1948List of datasetsList of species662c5b4cc117d_20240426_220109
802024-04-25dist_spkml34List of datasetsList of species662ac786d6531_20240425_174203
812024-04-25dist_spkml34List of datasetsList of species662ac786d6531_20240425_174149
822024-04-25dist_spkml34List of datasetsList of species662ac786d6531_20240425_174206
832024-04-25whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species662a23bb28d6d_20240425_054424
842024-04-25dist_sp_h3csv175List of datasetsList of species6629f9960c349_20240425_024056
852024-04-25whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species662a23bb28d6d_20240425_053833
862024-04-25whole_speciescsv256List of datasetsList of species662a206d87f72_20240425_052115
872024-04-25dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species662a2cebc86c4_20240425_061745
882024-04-25whole_speciesgdb23List of datasetsList of species662a936354ae0_20240425_133255
892024-04-25whole_speciesgdb65List of datasetsList of species662a936354ae0_20240425_134519
902024-04-25whole_speciesgdb917List of datasetsList of species662a936354ae0_20240425_141350
912024-04-25whole_speciesgdb917List of datasetsList of species662a936354ae0_20240425_141344
922024-04-25whole_speciesgdb917List of datasetsList of species662a936354ae0_20240425_141633
932024-04-25whole_speciesgdb15List of datasetsList of species662a936354ae0_20240425_134041
942024-04-23whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species66276d2251041_20240423_042451
952024-04-23whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species6627ea9ce7034_20240423_131105
962024-04-23whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species6627ea9ce7034_20240423_131124
972024-04-23whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species6627f6a06a824_20240423_140011
982024-04-23whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species6627ea9ce7034_20240423_131109
992024-04-22whole_speciesgdb256List of datasetsList of species662651533e9e9_20240422_081306
1002024-04-22whole_speciesgdb256List of datasetsList of species662651533e9e9_20240422_080438
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.