Happywhale - Leopard seal in Southern Ocean


Dataset credit

Happywhale and contributors


Primary contact Ted Cheeseman Happywhale
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University


Happywhale. 2021. Happywhale - Leopard seal in Southern Ocean. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1776) 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 115 contributors in alphabetic order:

Abhishek Gurung; Adamski; Adam Turner; Adrian Boyle; Alan Axelrod; Alexis Bellezze; Alicia; Andrea Hughes; Andrea Klaussner; Anna Astafurova; Annette Bombosch; AnninaS; Arjen Drost; Barbara Eidel; Barry Miller; Ben Wallis; Berit Solstad; Bert Ras; Brian Dolan; Carla Gilbert; Carolyn Peterson; Christian Engelke; Christophe Duc; Cooper Faust; Cristina Casplin; Cynthia Havstad; Damon Stapinsky; Daniëlla van Broeck; David Barnes; Doreen Bradbury; Doug Cheeseman; Douglas Krause; Dr. med Hartmut Bombosch; Elizabeth Glowark; Eli Zaharieva; Erin Gless; Esther van der Stappen; Gabriela Kern; Gaby Pilson; Hannah Lawson; Hanna Michel; Heather; Heidi Krajewsky; Heike Dietzmann; Hondius; Hugh Rose; Ibrich Weymans; Ivan Hoermann; Jack-Jan de Jonge; Jeannine Winkel; Jenny May; Joachim Antusch; Johnny Giese; Julie Cronin; Juliette Hennequin; Justin Hofman; Kenneth WY Chan; Kerstin Langenberger; KJ Blanche; Lardeau Annick; Larry Dicus; Laura Mony; Lauren Farmer; Lee M.; linda lesslie; Lorraine Grant; Marc Pelissier; Marian Herz; Mariela Cornejo; Marilia Olio; Mark Vogler; Meike Sjoer; Merel Dalebout; Michael Peer; Mike Greenfelder; Miriam van Hees; Nicole Scheid; Pamela Reynolds; Per Nikolaj Bukh; Peter Clement; Phil Schultz; Pierre Richard; Pippa Low; Ramon Lucas; Rebecca Hansen; Rémi Bigonneau; Rhian Cooper; Rhiannon Thomas; Richard Sidey; Rina Crum; Rita Kluge; Ruben Hein; Sandy Mendel; Sandy Nelson; Sara Catella; Sarah Kather; Sarah Keenan; Sara Jenner; Sebastian Schehlmann; Shayne McGuire; Simon; Sonia Pazos de Diego; Steph & Oli Prince; Steve Wylie; Sue Parsonage; Susan Austin; Tamara Clark; Tarik Trad; Ted Cheeseman; Thomas Mitchell; Tobias Brehm; Tom Dey; Vicki Beaver; Xuewen Li; Ziska Childs




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 mammals800
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2004-01-17
Date, End2021-11-07
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude-76.59 - -60.76
Longitude-160.54 - 170.21
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