Snap a Shark Photo and Help Save the Biggest Fish on Earth
Jason Bittel, National Geographic"Over the last 22 years, Norman and his colleagues have collected nearly 30,000 images of these markings in the Wildbook database—many of them taken by tourists—and used them to identify more than 6,000 individual sharks from all over the world."
Tracking the Elusive Whale Shark
Karen Weintraub, The New York Times"The ability to photo-identify species — and indeed the whale shark was the first shark we could do this for — has transformed our ability to understand how many individuals are out there, who is moving where, how far do they go, and how many are staying around."
The Citizen Science Revolution and Artificial Intelligence
Michael Bear, SciTech Connect"Contained within Wildbook are two pattern recognition algorithms, which scan submitted photographs and analyze the black freckling pattern, seen around the eyes and gill area of this species facilitating individual recognition. In this way, photographs submitted over time in a single location can determine which sharks are returning to the location from year-to-year."