Happywhale - Gray Whale in North Pacific Ocean


Dataset credit

Happywhale and contributors


Primary contact Ted Cheeseman Happywhale
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University


Happywhale. 2021. Happywhale - Gray Whale in North Pacific Ocean. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1739) 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 171 contributors in alphabetic order:

adam maire; Adele Prandini; Albert Lipson; Alisa Kiva; Alvaro Jaramillo; Amber Schmalz; Amy Serafino; Angelika Ludwiczak; Ann; Anna Astafurova; Anthony Benedetto; Ben Hagler; Bettina; Blain Anderson; Bonnie Gretz; Bradley Vanston; Brad Mongeau; Brendon Bissonnette; Brett; Britt_Tulin; Caitlyn Nieblas; Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari; Capt Nicholas robbins; Cara Gallagher; Carin Berolzheimer; Carlos Enrique Pérez; Charles Landers; chelsea bradley; Chris Biertuempfel; Christina; Christine Kitchen; Cindy Marple; Cit Rubio; Cynthia; Dale Frink; Dane McDermott; Daniel Cayton; Dan Kaler; Darrin Allen; David Buettner; Debbie Pedersen; Debi Thompkins-Neisius; Deborah Komatsu; Denise Hill; Derek Hallum; Derrick Snell; Diane Edmonds; Don Heffern II; Donna Shumaker; Duncan Armour; Eddie Bringenberg; Elisabeth Harrell; Emanuella Guy Sion; Era Horton; Erich Starzinger; Eric Vartio; Evelin Breuers; Ferd Bergholz; Floyd Hayes; Frank Fish; Frank Rotter; Frank Tetreault; Frank Wurtzel; Geoff Kerr; Glenda; Haley Saxe; Hal Gant; Hannah Crazyhawk; happywhalessab; Howard Matis; Irene Kurata; James Moskito; Jamie Byrne; Jason Salmans; Jb; Jean-Louis Delezenne; Jeanne Hamilton; Jeff Johnson; Jeffrey Liroff; jenifer gaitan; Jill Matyuch; Jill Niederberger; Joe Wackerman; John Pachuta; Joshua Meza-Fidalgo; Joshua Tan; Julie Daltrey; Kade; Kaitlyn Page; Karen Wilkinson; Karla Nyquist; Kate Kosman; Kathryn Burrington; Kathy Peavey; Kati; Kátia Silva; Katie Ellyn Smith; Kelly Lambeth; Kimberly Nesbitt; Kirsten; kristine erickson; Laney Garcia; Lardeau Annick; Laura Ackley; Lione Clare; Loriannah Hespe; Lory Barra; Lotti Keenan; Luciana Fortes Borelli Costa; Lynda Elkin; Maddy Montgomery; Marc Pelissier; Margaret Burks; Marian Herz; Marie O'Shaughnessy; Marion JONCHERES; Mark Girardeau; Mark OBrien; Martin Tassche; Mason Donny; Matt Jackson; Megan Montes; Megan Savage; Michael Nelson; Michele Finn; Mike Greenfelder; Mike Justa; Moira Yip; Nata Lukas; Nic Brown Photo; Nico Heyning; Nicole; Nona Reimer; paige selby; Patrick Sysiong; Pedro Jesus Dominguez Mendez; Rhys Watkin; Roberto GDLV; Robin; Robin Lowe; Ryan Jones; Sara Franson; Sarah Kather; Scott Mercer; Sean Neilson; shannon; Shari Goforth-Eby; Sharon Erickson; Sheri Cohen; Shiree Goins; Shirley Coulson; Simon Cintz; Stephanie; Steve Dodd; Steve OToole; Susan Levinson; Suz; Tammy kirwan; Ted Cheeseman; Terence May; Tim Gannon; Tim Hill; Tomoko Shimotomai; Tracie M. Sugo; Travis Murphy; Vanessa; Veronika Doppelreiter; Vincent von Kaenel; Whale Watch Cabo; Willow Aray; 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 mammals1,391
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2001-03-27
Date, End2021-10-08
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude22.49 - 66.49
Longitude-172.94 - 178.04
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