A newly launched app by SeaSpotter uses special face recognition technology which tells the photographer exactly what marine mammal they’ve spotted.
Data collected through the app – which uses artificial intelligence (AI) – will enable scientists to build their knowledge and understanding of the numbers and type of marine mammals living in our seas.
“We don’t have the ability to attach satellite tags or to genetically sample every marine mammal we come into contact with, but we do have the ability to take a photo of them. Then, we can use machine learning to provide much of the information we need and can potentially revolutionise marine conservation in the process,” WWF-New Zealand Marine Species Programme Manager Dr van der Linde says.
Learn more about the new app here.