Happywhale - Killer Whale in Southern Ocean


Dataset credit

Happywhale and contributors


Primary contact Ted Cheeseman Happywhale
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke


Happywhale. 2022. Happywhale - Killer Whale in Southern Ocean. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1720) 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 185 contributors in alphabetic order:

adam maire; Adrian Boyle; Ainars Zarins; Alain Bidart; aLEJANDRO sANCHEZ; Alex Cowan; Alicia; Ali Liddle; Alisa Schulman-Janiger (California Killer Whale Project); Anand P Kruttiventi; Andrew Peacock; Andrew Thompson; Anna Astafurova; Annette Bombosch; Antarctica21; Antoine Viot; Ben Wallis; Berit Solstad; Brent Howard; Bryan McDonald; Byron Elvin Berger; Callie; Camilo Rada; Carina Gsottbauer; Carlos Greer; Carlos Martins; Cees Tineke; Chiyo Imai Rowe; Christian Engelke; Christian Wegener; Cindy Marple; Clark Kelly; Claudia Schmidt; Conor Ryan; Cottele Benny; Crawford Anderson; Dani Abras; Daniëlla van Broeck; Daniel Scarparolo; Dave Katz; dennis greenhill; Doug Cheeseman; Doug Hattaway; Dr. Johannes Meiler; Dr. med Hartmut Bombosch; Duane Griffin; Duncan Jones; Elaine Reynolds; Emanuele Kuhn; Fanny Adomat; Frank Tetreault; Genna Roland; Gerald Smith; gp; Graeme Wilson; Haley Saxe; Hannah Lawson; Hans Verdaat; happywhalessab; Heidi Krajewsky; Heike Dietzmann; Hondius; James D Smith; James F C Hyde IV; James Moore; Jamie Coleman; Jared Funderburk; Javier Cotin; Jean-Denis Gagnon; Jeff Reynolds; Jim Spiegel; Jim Wilson; Jody Elliott; Joel Moore; Jo Feldman; John J King II; Johnny Giese; John Rogers; John Wills; Julia; Justin Hofman; Justin Ianelli; Kate Curry; Kathryn Clouston; Kendra Chittenden; Kimberly Nesbitt; Kurtis Randall; Kurt Liewer; Kylie Jones; Lancy Cheng; Laura K.O. Smith; Lawrence Troup; Lida pimper; Madalena; Madoc Troup; Marcus Bergström; Maria Laura Marcias; Marian Herz; Mariela Cornejo; Marilia Olio; Mario; Mark Crowe; Mark Harris; Martin Brooks; Martin Pögelt; Martin Renner; Marzena Rolka; Mason Hu; Megan Hall; Meike Sjoer; Melanie Glaubitz; Merel Dalebout; Michael Jackson; Michael Lewis; Mike Greenfelder; Mike Khusid; Nadine Habib; Nathan Kelley; Nathan Small; Neeta Moonka; Neil C Harris; Nicola Silver; Nicole Janinhoff; Nigel Milius; Olga B.; Olivier Blaud; Paayal Desai; Pamela Le Noury; Patrick Dowd; perennec thierry; Per Nikolaj Bukh; Peter Amster; Petra Glardon; Petra Stolz; Philip Stone; Philip van Dueren; Phillip Hunter; Phil Schultz; photo contributor January 2018; Pippa Low; Plancius; Polar Latitudes Citizen Scientists; Raghavan Nair; Ramon Lucas; Rémi Bigonneau; Richard Gamertsfelder; Richard White; Riki Meier; Robert Matthews; Robert Rolley; Rod Long; Rodney Dillman; Sandra Walser; Sandy Mendel; Santiago Imberti; Sarah Buttenshaw; Sarah Kather; Sarah Keenan; Sara Jenner; Sebastian Matias Lescano; shijo jose; SH Minerva - Swan Hellenic; Simon van D; Sonia Pazos de Diego; Stefan Bernhard; Steffo Polar; Stephanie Newkirk; Stephanie Webb; Steph & Oli Prince; steve; Ted Cheeseman; tex texin; Therese Horntrich; Thibaud SCOTTI; Thomas Mitchell; Tiffany Zamolsky; Tim Kilbride; Timo Hecken; Tobias Brehm; Todd Thoman; Todd Weisbrot; Vacheremi; Valerie Bronckers; Vicki Beaver; Wilfried Schnessl




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 mammals555
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2000-01-14
Date, End2022-04-21
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude-78.42 - -60.16
Longitude-165.67 - 173.12
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