How Wild Me Is Turning Vacation Videos Into Shark Science with Artificial Intelligence

An endangered whale shark, which may grow up to 20 meters in length. Photographer: Simon Pierce.

We will no doubt rely more and more on A.I. to help us understand and protect wildlife.

Since 2003, a global community of shark researchers and divers has united in studying the world’s biggest fish: the endangered whale shark (Rhincodon typus). Their global research platform—Wildbook for Whale Sharks (https://www.whaleshark.org)—has combined over 120 researchers and volunteers with 5000+ citizen scientists into a global community focused on studying the population size and migrations of this rare and gentle giant. Thought to live 60 to 120 years and grow up to 60 feet (20 m) in length, whale sharks are tracked by combining human data…

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