With reportedly fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales left in the world, researchers and environmentalists want to do what they can to ensure the health and safety of the remaining population. That means tracking and identifying individual whales, a tricky task given that there are relatively few marine biologists and a whole lot of water.
That’s why the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries arm has turned to Kaggle, a data analytics competition site, to crowdsource some help. NOAA already has custom software called DIGIT, but NOAA still needs help speeding up and automating the process by which researchers match each image with a given right whale.
Once the mammals are properly identified, researchers can work to better protect them, according to the Kaggle post about the effort:
This challenge kicked off Thursday and runs through January 7, 2016.
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