Happywhale - Blue whale in Arctic Ocean


Dataset credit

Happywhale and contributors


Primary contact Ted Cheeseman Happywhale
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University


Happywhale. 2024. Happywhale - Blue whale in Arctic Ocean. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1755) 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 79 contributors in alphabetic order:

Adelie Xiaohang Li; Adrian Boyle; Alex Cowan; Andrew Emmerson; Anita Rude; Ann; Annette Bombosch; Barbara Messner; Bart Van Gelder; Biørn Stasinski; Carina Gsottbauer; Cees Tineke; Chloe; Christian Engelke; Conor Ryan; David O'Connor; Dominique Vening; Doug Cheeseman - †; Doug Gould; Gizella Spencer; Greta Henderson; Hadleigh Measham; Hannah Brightley; Hans Verdaat; Heidi Krajewsky; Húsavík Whale Museum; Jamie Coleman; Janne Kangaspunta; Jeff Higgott; Jeff Reynolds; Jérôme JACOB; Joel Moore; Joy van der Beek; Julian Vrohlings; Katharina Stoll; Keely Crowder; Kelly zhang; Kenneth Tolopka; Kerstin Langenberger; Laura Monterde; Léa Zinsli; Loes de Heus; Lomvi; Marian Herz; Marijke Nita de Boer; Marilia Olio; Marit Pedersen; Mary Want; Menno Schaefer; Milton Lum; MS Fram; MS Spitsbergen; MV Hondius; Nacho Oria; Nate Crosby; Nicolas PANIER; Nigel Puttick; Olivia Capeillere; Olivier Blaud; Petra Glardon; Philip Stone; Philip van Dueren; Phil Schultz; Pippa Low; Rayann Elzein; Rémi Bigonneau; Rich Roberts; Robyn Carmel; Sara Jenner; Shawn Bradley; Sil Schuuring; Sophie Ballagh; Steffo Polar; steve; Steven van de Vijver; Suzanne Wafer; Tobias Brehm; Ulf Velander; whitney van arsdale




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 mammals170
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2011-06-18
Date, End2024-06-25
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude66.03 - 81.68
Longitude-23.47 - 26.61
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typePhoto ID
Traveled (km)0
Contr. throughHappywhale
Sharing policy CC-BY-NC (All)
Shared with GBIF (via DOI)
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See metadata in FGDC XML
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