Wildbook for Whale Sharks offers the following capabilities to search through submitted data.
The Encounter Search allows you to search through whale shark sightings reported through Wildbook. You can filter the search according to:
Results are also displayed in Google Maps for those reports where GPS coordinate were provided.
Figure 1. Google Maps result for an encounter search.
The Encounter Search allows filtered results to be exported in two formats:
Wildbook provides one Google Earth export option: “Add a timestamp to the KML to animate on a timeline”. if the checkbox for this option is checked, the exported KML file will contain time data that allows you to play through sightings along a timeline in Google Earth 5+. The timeline starts at the date of the earliest sighting (with GPS coordinates) in the filtered results and ends with the date of the last encounter (with GPS coordinates).
Figure 2. Google Earth with timeline displayed for encounters with timestamps
Three colors of icons are displayed in Google Earth results: blue for males, pink for females, and white for whale shark encounters of unknown sex. Some icons may also have a number in them. This number represents the shark length (rounded to the nearest whole meter) for the sighting, if reported.
Figure 3. Google Earth icons for whale shark sightings interpreted as: male, female, unknown sex, and 7 meter female.