Flukebook â€“ Recent advances for cetacean photo identification and data archiving including automated fluke matching
Drew Blount, Jason Holmberg, Gianna Minton and Christin Khan
Flukebook (flukebook.org) is a non-profit, open source cetacean data archiving and photo-identification tool developed under the Wildbook platform (wildbook.org) that uses computer vision and machine learning to facilitate automated identification of individual animals in the wild. In 2016, the IWC approved funding for the development of a regional data platform for the Arabian Sea Whale Network (ASWN), to be implemented in collaboration with Wild Me, the developers of Flukebook. This collaboration resulted in expanded functionality of the Flukebook platform to allow storage and analysis of survey sightings data that do not include individual encounter or photo identification data, as well as other functions that will be of use to the global cetacean research community. Subsequent advances in machine learning research and engineering for cetacean photo-identification and broader adoption of Flukebook are now demonstrating the promise of this collaborative platform and opening new applied challenges in machine learning linked to cost and time savings in research data curation.