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
7512021-02-05dist_spkml9List of datasetsList of species601e1b85dc005_20210205_233125
7522021-02-05dist_spkml9List of datasetsList of species601e172a069e5_20210205_232103
7532021-02-05dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species601e052eaf5e7_20210205_233006
7542021-02-05dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species601e20241c46a_20210205_235114
7552021-01-04dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species5ff30e43489d9_20210104_082653
7562021-01-04dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species5ff30e43489d9_20210104_082655
7572020-12-31dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species5fee86ec25d4b_20201231_212051
7582020-12-21dist_taxacsv3List of datasetsList of species5fe0526cbb7da_20201221_030008
7592020-12-21dist_taxashapefile3List of datasetsList of species5fe0526cbb7da_20201221_030318
7602020-12-16dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species5fd9ba2943ac6_20201216_024143
7612020-10-15dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species5f88be321c6f5_20201015_172626
7622020-10-15dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species5f88be321c6f5_20201015_172627
7632020-10-15dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species5f88be321c6f5_20201015_172625
7642020-10-15dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species5f88be321c6f5_20201015_172622
7652020-10-13dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5f86048cec5ab_20201013_155453
7662020-10-13dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species5f84a768bc007_20201013_143429
7672020-10-01dist_taxashapefile92List of datasetsList of species5f764cfd76567_20201001_174556
7682020-07-28dist_taxashapefile2List of datasetsList of species5f1fe728adceb_20200728_070531
7692020-07-23dist_taxakml1666List of datasetsList of species5f19a00a5ce51_20200723_103917
7702020-06-27dist_spkml11List of datasetsList of species5ef743bf92715_20200627_090455
7712020-06-23dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species5ef2290d3ec72_20200623_123854
7722020-06-23dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species5ef2290d3ec72_20200623_134950
7732020-06-23dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species5ef2290d3ec72_20200623_134101
7742020-06-23dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species5ef2290d3ec72_20200623_132308
7752020-06-23dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species5ef2290d3ec72_20200623_124127
7762020-06-22pointsshapefile55List of datasetsList of species5ef0b8fa80ca4_20200622_101007
7772020-06-22dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species5ef0898bf275c_20200622_064714
7782020-06-22dist_spshapefile137List of datasetsList of species5ef079f305a19_20200622_055654
7792020-06-17pointskml11List of datasetsList of species5eea1650297b0_20200617_091341
7802020-06-17pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5ee9797279f2b_20200616_223738
7812020-06-17pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5ee9797279f2b_20200616_222202
7822020-06-12dist_spkml1List of datasetsList of species5ee32ad01c4ec_20200612_034239
7832020-06-12dist_spkml1532List of datasetsList of species5ee32ad01c4ec_20200612_035557
7842020-06-12dist_spkml1532List of datasetsList of species5ee32ad01c4ec_20200612_031235
7852020-06-12dist_spkml1List of datasetsList of species5ee32ad01c4ec_20200612_034740
7862020-06-12dist_spkml1List of datasetsList of species5ee32ad01c4ec_20200612_034842
7872020-06-10dist_spkml25List of datasetsList of species5ee12e4b090df_20200610_150305
7882020-06-10dist_spkml25List of datasetsList of species5ee12e4b090df_20200610_150308
7892020-06-08pointsshapefile67List of datasetsList of species5ede0e986a1c1_20200608_061259
7902020-06-06pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5edb0e034657c_20200605_233150
7912020-06-05pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5ed9d2350a576_20200605_010544
7922020-06-02dist_spkml1170List of datasetsList of species5ed6d95d3fbf2_20200602_191106
7932020-05-28pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5ed037ae9f9fa_20200528_181943
7942020-05-28pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5ed04a2174b0d_20200528_195330
7952020-05-28pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5ecf94bad8e36_20200528_063926
7962020-05-26dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species5ecc9a8d0e8ad_20200526_002737
7972020-05-26pointsshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5ecc986b9fc2a_20200526_001759
7982020-05-26pointsshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5ecc9085aa504_20200526_000041
7992020-05-26pointsshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5eccb2b8b592f_20200526_021506
8002020-05-26dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5ecd2a455d6ed_20200526_104101
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.