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Ocean Sanctuaries to install pattern recognition software

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Recently established San Diego non-profit Ocean Sanctuaries will begin the installation of pattern recognition software, known as 'Wildbook' on servers this weekend, in order to begin the process of analyzing their database of over 100 videos and photographs of local Sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) , to determine which ones may be returning to San Diego from year to year, to establish baseline, as part of a long-term, population dynamics study, as a springboard for further research for this species.

Support for ocean-related citizen science projects is part of the stated mission of Ocean Sanctuaries, see: oceansanctuaries.org/wordpress/ for more information.

According to the IUCN Red List, this species of shark is listed as 'Data Deficient,' hence worthy of further study.

To see how Wildbook has been used successfully to identify Whale Sharks, see here: www.whaleshark.org

See here for more information on the scientific methodology being used:

http://sevengillsharksightings.org/our-methodology-introduction/

For more information on Wildbook, see here: http://www.wildme.org/wildbook/doku.php?id=start

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