Progress report on Southern Hemisphere Blue Whale Catalogue: Period May 2018-April 2019
Barbara Galletti Vernazzani, Paula Olson and Chandra Salgado-Kent
The Southern Hemisphere Blue Whale Catalogue has a total of 1,585 individual blue whale photo-identifications (photo-IDs) that include regions off Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Ecuador-Galapagos, Eastern Tropical Pacific (ETP), Australia, Timor Leste, New Zealand, southern Africa, Madagascar and Sri Lanka. From May 2018 to April 2019, SHBWC work focused on finalizing photo comparisons between catalogues from Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. A considerable amount of new photo-identifications (+300 IDs) from South America, Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka have been received and/or are in the process of being uploaded. After photo-quality coding, Australia-New Zealand-Sri Lanka photographs may be used for assessment purposes. South American catalogues are in preparation to begin a new matching process.