A powerful tool: an online matching platform
Individual color patterns and marks on humpback whale flukes help researchers to identify them uniquely. This is why the IndoCet Consortium is participating to the development of an online matching platform developed by Wild Me and powered by the Wildbook.org Platform.
When new fluke pictures are uploaded into the platform, they are compared with all the pictures in the database. The program then determines whether the fluke is a recapture or a new individual.
Modern technology: computer vision
Flukebook uses computer vision, thanks to complex algorithms, to compare the pictures. A researcher then checks and approves the matching results. The researcher either confirms a recapture or creates a new individual profile. Thanks to the program, photo-identification analyses are now much quicker and easier.
VIDEO – Wild Me demonstration of applying computer vision to matching humpback flukes.
VIDEO – Wild Me demonstration of bulk uploading humpback flukes into Flukebook.
The IndoCet Consortium platform will be running by September 2017. You will then be able to submit a picture as part of the general public or use the platform as a researcher. If you are a researcher, please note you will have to be a Consortium member to use the platform for your analyses. You can join us here.
In the meantime, you can find out more about Flukebook and Wild Me by clicking on the icons below.