Yes, yes, you read the title, The NASA helps marine scientists track the movement of whale sharks!
- The marine biologist Jason Holmberg was the first to understand the uniqueness of the arrangement of white dots and lines covering the top of whale sharks (a kind of checkerboard) and the possibility of use them as fingerprints to identify them.
- Macro: NASAshe, she developed years ago an algorithm to map and identify star constellations.
- The "Damian" whale sharks being unique (the same way as the location of the stars), the algorithm used by NASA has been modified in a way to compare, no longer starry skies, but "checkers" of whale sharks!
- Today, scientists and tourists can implement in an online database (www.whaleshark.org) photo of a whale shark accompanied place and date.
- The algorithm is going compare the thousands of photos from his database (more than 30,000 in 2017) and see if he finds a match
- Currently over 8000 individuals have been identified
- This is a gold mine of information on the movement of whale sharks
FYI: Several cases have allowed scientists to discover that whale sharks could to travel thousands of kilometers in a very short time (3000 to 5000 km in a few months!)
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