Happywhale makes whale research accessible and fun


Photo courtesy of Kelly Bakos of Petersburg Marine Mammal Center

Humpback whale fluke.

Ted Cheeseman, the co-founder of Happywhale, gave a presentation to the people of Petersburg last month on the online whale documentation project and what has been learned through the contributions of users.

Happywhale is a program which uses pictures of whale flukes submitted by users to identify whales and chart where they have been spotted.

Cheeseman co-founded it after speaking to scientists about how regular photographs could be collected and used as data to research individual whales.

The program uses machine learning to compare uploaded fluke images with a dataset of about 68,000 wha...

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