Happywhale - Humpback Whale in Indian Ocean


Dataset credit

Happywhale and contributors


Primary contact Ted Cheeseman Happywhale
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University


Happywhale. 2023. Happywhale - Humpback Whale in Indian Ocean. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1763) 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 74 contributors in alphabetic order:

Adrian Bell; Alan Straton; Alex Bradshaw; Alex Vogel; Alfred John Burgess; Andy Gilbert; Angie Gullan; Arthur Teo; Benjamin Wambergue; Bernard Ash; Bianca Tree; Brooke Lloyd; Cees Tineke; Centre for Whale Research; Centre for Whale Research Western Australia; Chiara; Christine Olson; Conor Ryan; Danielle Conry; David Donnelly; Deb Philipps; Deep Voice; Devienne Gilles; Dmitry Evseev; Dominik Dietrich; Don Marx; Doriane; Dustin; Eddy Thys; Ed Tissink; Els Vermeulen; Emma Sharp; Esther van der Stappen; Frank Eckler; Gabrielle Lui; Gary Allport; Gill Braulik; Grace Russell; Graham Downer; Hayley Islip; Jeffrey Garriock; Jennifer Keeping; Kenya Marine Mammal Research and Conservation; Lana; Libu Cyprien; Linda Heads; Linda Horton; Lucas Facchinetti; Marian Herz; Mdu Seakamela; Melanie Keyte; Melissa Nel; Michael Sheehan; Michèle Vogel; Olaf Pignataro; Olivier Segers; Pamela Le Noury; Pedro Víctor Albaladejo Fresnadillo; peter allsop; pia markovic; Raina Burke; Ramzy Haddad; Roanna Horbelt; Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan; Rowan Streeter; Sarah Gower; Sherri Daniels; Sue Holman; Susana Latorre; Tanja; Violaine Dulau; Wayne Sentman; Wendy Hare; Whale Watch Western Australia




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 mammals4,269
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1990-08-05
Date, End2022-12-07
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude-38.44 - -2.58
Longitude23.08 - 142.46
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