Strandings of Oceania

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Stranded whales and dolphins are a valuable source of information on species identity and diversity, particularly for many of the remote and inaccessible regions of the South Pacific. To improve understanding of whale and dolphin populations in the Pacific, and possibly improve understanding of their threats, a concerted effort is needed to document strandings and incidental sightings

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Baird K, Hendriks H (2022): Strandings of Oceania. v1.2. No organization. Dataset/Occurrence. https://training-ipt-a.gbif.org/resource?r=whales-pacific-date&v=1.2


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: c67e4142-9bc2-4edf-b937-13c8ddfd5562.  Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Participant Node Managers Committee.


Occurrence; Observation


Karen Baird
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Threatened and Migratory Species Adviser
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Program
Hannah Hendriks
  • Originator
Migratory Marine Species Conservation Officer (Secondment)
Daffodil Wase
  • Metadata Provider
Assistant Chief of Quarantine
Ministry of Natural Resources and Commerce
PO Box 1727
96960 Majuro
Kennedy Kaneko
  • Metadata Provider
National Invasive Species Coordinator-RMI
Secretariate of the Pacific Regional Environmental Program
Ainsof So'o
  • Programmer
Node Manager

Geographic Coverage

The data is based on the islands listed: Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, New Caledonia, Niue, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Vanuatu.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-52.372, -165.938], North East [1.406, -90]

Taxonomic Coverage


Kingdom Animanlia

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1991-01-01 / 2019-11-18

Project Data

The Strandings of Oceania database is a collaborative project between SPREP, WildMe and the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium to record stranding and beachcast data for whales, dolphins and dugongs throughout the Pacific. We use a platform called Flukebook.

Title Enhancing Capacity in the Pacific Region- Strengthening Process for Invasive Species and Biodiversity DATA Mobilization
Identifier BID-PA2020-004-REG

The personnel involved in the project:

Karen Baird
  • Point Of Contact

Collection Data

Collection Name Stranding of Oceania Database protocols
Specimen preservation methods Other

Additional Metadata