Dolphins and Whales: Report an Encounter
Images of the fluke, or tail of the humpback whale allow for each animal to have it’s own individuality. It you have images of the whale’s tail the migratory patterns of these seasonal animals can allow for better protection. The underside of the tail allows for the best identification as well as a perpendicular image. To facilitate your search and fluke match, we divided the fluke photos in six different categories, ranging from totally white to totally black. Please click on the categories below to check your picture and send your information and picture to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Research center at Ponta D’Ouro and in Zavora in Southern Mozambique has begun to catalogue the marine mammals that they are seeing. Both as a local initiative to look at the dolphin populations but also as an international study to look at the highly migratory humpback whales. The photo ID database for both creatures is critical for the conservation of the populations.
Images of the dolphin’s dorsal fin allow researchers to keep track of individuals. Behavioral studies are extremely important with dolphins and their sophisticated intelligence so tracking the ‘personalities’ of each animal can lead to new discoveries with this charismatic species. Please send these images to photoID@eoth.org and include the location and date of the encounter.