How NASA Technology can Now Save the Largest Fish in the World

The NASA technology will be helping the Wildbook for Whale Sharks will be helping people to identify sharks…
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The NASA technology will be helping the Wildbook for Whale Sharks will be helping people to identify sharks based on their skin patterns. This NASA technology will now be helping an animal this species from going into extinction. Whale Sharks are the biggest fish in the ocean, but their kind is not really understood.

Marine biologists have little or no data about their breeding sites, global hotspots, and migration patterns. This lack of data about this wonderful species has prevented scientists from planning conservation strategies that seek to protect them from going into extinction.

A science project will be making use of Hubble’s Groth algorithm that identifies individual stars. This algorithm will be used to map the spotted patterns of whale sharks. The algorithm is considered as the brain of whale sharks’ photographic database.

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At the start it was just me taking photos of whale sharks at Ningaloo, but we needed more than one lonely researcher to collect enough data over an extended period.  And, because tourists were constantly swimming with whale sharks too, why not enlist their support?  

Marine Biologist, Dr. Brad Norman

Norman maintained that he teamed up with two scientists, NASA astrophyscicist Zaveb Arzoumanian and software genius Jason Holmberg, to create a database where anyone in the world can upload images of sharks.

The Wildbook for Whale Sharks is a library that identified sharks and stores data about whale sharks using NASA technology to identify sharks. Now there are over 76,000 sightings of about 12,357 sharks. The IUCN Red List classifies these giants somewhere between critically endangered and endangered.

This database will help to get information about their migration, feeding grounds, and breeding habitat as this will help to preserve them.

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