Happywhale - Killer Whale in North Pacific Ocean


Dataset credit

Happywhale and contributors


Primary contact Ted Cheeseman Happywhale
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University


Happywhale. 2021. Happywhale - Killer Whale in North Pacific Ocean. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1718) on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from Happywhale.com.


Happywhale.com is a resource to help you know whales as individuals, and to benefit conservation science with rich data about individual whales.



Supplemental information

Sightings and images were submitted to Happywhale by contributors. A portion of the Happywhale data were transferred to OBIS-SEAMAP upon the agreement between Happywhale and OBIS-SEAMAP.

There may be duplicate records among Happywhale datasets and other OBIS-SEAMAP datasets. The precision of date/time vary per record. Some records have date accuracy up to year only.

This dataset includes sightings and photos from the following 200 contributors in alphabetic order:

Aaron Kreisberg; Adam Ernster; adam maire; Alain Bidart; Alexander Allison; Alvaro Jaramillo; Angelika Ludwiczak; Angie Wrightson; Anieke Brombacher; Anika Miskar; Anna Astafurova; Annamarie Dunn; Ben Hagler; Benjamin Lewis Hargrave; Berit Solstad; Bernhard; Bill; bill sturgeon; Blain Anderson; Bob Schafer; Bradley Vanston; Brendan Keane; Bryan McDonald; Camilo Rada; Carol Irwin; Carolyn Anderson; Cathy Bacon; Cecilia Ruiz; chelsea bradley; Cheng-Hui Wong; Chris Biertuempfel; Christian Adlhart; Chris Witwer; Cottele Benny; Curt Finfrock; Cynthia; Daniel Cayton; Dan Olsen; Darrel DeLong; Dave Kutz; David Egelston; David W Myers II; Dawn; Deborah Komatsu; Deborah Mayson; Debra Kettler; Dennis Rogers; Denny Zwiefelhofer; Diane Edmonds; Donna Ikenberry; Doug Cheeseman; Drew Collins; Edith Simonson; Elke; Emma Luck; Emma Nelson; Floyd Hayes; Frank Blache; Frank Wurtzel; Gabrille Lopez; Gail Koza; Garden; Geoff Kerr; Gerard Menut; Gina Ruttle; Hadley Gross; Hazel Pittwood; Hugo Cline; james begeman; James F C Hyde IV; James Fiedler; James Moskito; Jean Pierre Orduña R.; Jennifer Fought; Jennifer Singleton; Jill K Quaintance; Jim Nahmens; Joel Barrett; Johnny Giese; Jonathan Espin-Hempsall; Joshua Koester; Joshua Meza-Fidalgo; Julian Clark; Julie Huckvale; Justin Hofman; Kate Spencer; Kathleen Roggero; Kathryn Clouston; Kathy Newstead; Kátia Silva; Katie Dunbar; Keith Gourlay; Kelly Boatwright; Kelly Fitzgerald; Kenneth O'Brien; Kimberly Nesbitt; Kirsten; Kirstie Basford; Kootenay Wilderness; Kristin Campbell; Kylie West; Laura; Laura Gurak; Laure Patricot; Linn Jackson; Lori & Rich Rothstein; Lorry; Marcel Vinicius de Morais; Marc Pelissier; Marcus Bergström; Margaret Burks; Maria Sunshine; Marie O'Shaughnessy; Marilia Olio; Marjorie Hawkins; Mark Andrew Cornish; Mark Doing; Mark Edwin Ayre; Mark Girardeau; Mark OBrien; Martin Tassche; Mary Etta Cochran; Mason Donny; Maureen Lien; Megan Montes; Michael Jackson; Michele Parker; Michelle Booth; Michelle Cherry; Mike Doherty; Mike Donald; Mike Greenfelder; Mike Justa; Mindy Groves; Mindy Huston; Miranda Williams; Monica Hofmann; Monica Smith; Nathan Kelley; Nathan Small; Neil McDermott; Nicholas Gray; Nicholas King; Nico Heyning; Nicole; Nicole Dwyer; Nicole LaRoche; Nicole Rusch; Nicole Schriber; Nicole Sucre; Niki Weiss; Nina Kee; NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory; Oana Claudia Gasit; Patrick Sysiong; Patrick Wieler; paul garriott; Paul Pudwell; Pearl Thompson; Pedro Jesus Dominguez Mendez; Peggy Mundy; Peter B McAllister; Peter West Carey; Petra Glardon; Philip Stone; Rachel Gearhart; Rae Fellenberg; Raghavan Nair; Rémi Bigonneau; Rhonda Glisson; Richard Sidey; Rilee Currie; Robert Bowen; Rob Gons; Robyn Case; Roger Davis; Sabine Threin; Sanne Bakkers; Sara Franson; Sara Kirlin; sara ryan; Scott Spickler; Scott Veirs; Sean McRae; Selena Santos Rivera; shannon; Shari Bookstaff; Shelby Nielson; Shelly Erceg; Sigi Wiesner; Ted Cheeseman; Teresa cue; Tess Chapman; Tori Bowe; Trinitie Seeber; Vicki Beaver; Vincent von Kaenel; Wally’s Whales Tales; Wayne Staples; Yves Roumazeilles




This section explains attributes included in the original dataset. OBIS-SEAMAP restricts the attributes available to the public to date/time, lat/lon and species names/counts only. Should you need other attributes described here, you are encouraged to contact the data provider.

Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
All attributes are included in the downloadable file (CSV or ESRI File Geodatabase) for "Complete Set of Dataset".

Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidInternal ID
typeAlways 'Event'
modifiedLast modified
languageLanguage. Always 'en'
institution_codeInstitution code. Always 'Happywhale'
basis_of_recordBasis of record. Always 'HumanObservation'
occurrence_idOccurrence ID assigned by Happywhale
catalog_numberCatalog number. A link to Happywhale
recorded_byPerson or organization who recorded the data
individual_countNumber of animal. Always 1
sexGender of the animal if known
preparationsMethod of data collection. Always 'photograph'
occurrence_remarksOccurrence remarks
organism_idOrganism/animal ID assigned by Happywhale
organism_nameOrganism/animal name by provider
organism_remarksOrganism remarks
event_idEvent ID assigned by Happywhale
event_dateDate the picture was taken
event_timeTime the picture was taken in local time zone
higher_geographyOcean the animal was seen
water_bodyDetails of ocean
localityLocation of ocean
verbatim_localityLocation of ocean described by the provider
decimal_latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
decimal_longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
geodetic_datumGeodetic datum. Always 'EPSG:4326 WGS84'
coordinate_precisionCoordinate precision
scientific_nameScientific name
taxon_rankTaxon rank
vernacular_nameCommon name
licenseLicense for picture
rights_holderRights holder
external_resourceLink to the picture (mid size)
external_resource_thumbLink to the picture (small size)
Marine mammals1,778
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1990-06-06
Date, End2021-11-12
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude2.20 - 72.47
Longitude-173.75 - 173.46
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typePhoto ID
Traveled (km)0
Contr. throughHappywhale
Sharing policy CC-BY-NC (All)
Shared with OBIS
GBIF (via DOI)
See metadata in static HTML
See metadata in FGDC XML
See download history / statistics