Are you an Underwater Photographer?
Whether or not you’re knowledgeable photographer, part-time GoPro consumer or just lately earned your PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty, you have got a task to play in conserving our ocean’s most iconic species.
Step one in successfully conserving marine wildlife is establishing a transparent understanding of the state of every species. That's, the inhabitants measurement and developments, regional and international unfold in addition to what challenges they face.
As iconic however threatened marine species – like turtles, whale sharks and manta rays – reside within the ocean, most research depend on a small handful of scientists heading out on a ship to determine particular people and monitor them over distance and time. As any diver hoping to see a shark or different megafauna species will inform you, this will typically come right down to pure luck, require endurance and grow to be costly very quickly. Not precisely superb when the clock is ticking to get cracking with conservation measures.
Conveniently, many megafauna species comparable to mantas and whale sharks have pure spot patterns (‘fingerprints’) that don’t change considerably over time and permit scientists to determine every particular person utilizing pictures. Nonetheless, the assets wanted by scientific organizations to collect pictures shortly and at scale might be prohibitive. That is the place PADI Torchbearers are available.
The most effective issues about photographic identification, is that non-scientists can contribute to photograph ID databases as nicely. Receiving pictures from diver and snorkeler ‘citizen scientists’ supplies substantial further volunteer manpower and vastly will increase knowledge volumes, permitting scientists and conservation organizations to study extra about every species in shorter time-frames. What does that imply? It means extra conservation measures, quicker.
Right here’s X marine megafauna photograph ID databases who want your photographs:
The Marine Megafauna Basis launched Manta Matcher in 2012, the world’s first automated on-line manta ray database, enabling them to supply estimates for monitored regional populations.
Wildbook for Whalesharks
After the success of MantaMatcher, the MMF launched The Wildbook for Whale Sharks with over 35,000 sightings reported thus far.
Giant Marine Vertebrates Analysis Institute Philippines (LMVRI)
Calling all divers from or visiting the Philippines! The LMVRI want to obtain your photos of turtles, whalesharks and manta rays. Up to now, divers and snorkelers have helped determine 1,272 endangered Inexperienced and Hawksbill Turtles throughout the Philippines.
ID the Manta
If in case you have seen a manta ray anyplace on the earth, you'll be able to contribute on to Manta Belief’s international analysis and conservation efforts. Submit your pictures and a few primary details about the sighting to the ID the Manta database, and also you’ll obtain suggestions concerning the particular person manta you encountered.
Marine & Freshwater Institute’s Humpback Whale Catalogue
Focussed on Iceland, however requesting pictures of humpback whales from anyplace on the planet, the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute’s database dates again to 1980! If in case you have humpback whale photographs, with info reminiscent of date and site of the sighting, please share them.
PADI AWARE Basis’s Shark Photograph ID Database
To advance the Blueprint for Ocean Action and shield 20 weak shark and ray species by 2030, PADI AWARE Foundation is creating a worldwide citizen science program for divers to report shark sightings. Combining PADI Diver’s ardour for sharks with the proven success within the citizen science mannequin used for the worldwide Dive against Debris program (chargeable for the world’s first scientific paper assessing seafloor debris), we anticipate nice issues to return!