Why we do this
Animals with patterned features can often be identified uniquely. By taking a picture, you can match that pattern to others already in the database. Your animal might be new to the database, or it might be a new sighting of one we have seen before!
You can upload files from your computer, or take them directly from your Flickr or Facebook account. Be sure to enter when and where you saw the animal, and add other information, such as species or sex, if you can. You will receive email updates when your animal is processed.
Wildbook uses computer vision to compare new photos to the existing database. Researchers then visually confirm a match to an existing animal in the database, or create a new individual profile.
When the automatic matching process is completed, a researcher double-checks any matches made by the system. Once confirmed, these new sightings are stored permanently in Wildbook.
398 identified Turtles
2966 reported sightings
84 recorded nests
24 researchers and volunteers