Photo Identification: How Star System Algorithms Have Lead to Identifying Whale Sharks

Just like a human fingerprint, whale sharks have their own unique patterns. Scientists can use these distinctive spots and stripes to identify individuals and track their growth, movements and migrations across the planet. Photo identification is a common practise amongst many animal research projects. Species include humpback whales, manta rays, turtles, seals, cheetahs, lizards, giraffes Read more about Photo Identification: How Star System Algorithms Have Lead to Identifying Whale Sharks[…]

Neonate whale shark sightings extremely rare

Although the whale shark, Rhincodon typus, was first discovered way back in 1828, there are only 21 confirmed reports of neonate whale sharks globally. In this species, a neonate is generally defined as an individual measuring 1.5 metres in length or less. In 2009, a ‘baby’ whale shark specimen was found off the coast of Read more about Neonate whale shark sightings extremely rare[…]