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Introducción a la Librería de foto identificación Wildbook for Whale Sharks

La librería de foto identificación Wildbook for Whale Sharks es una base de datos de avistamientos de tiburón ballena y de especímenes catalogados individualmente. Biólogos Marinos mantienen y utilizan la librería para colectar y analizar los datos de los avistamientos de tiburón ballena, con el fin de conocer un poco más de estas impresionantes criaturas.

La librería Wildbook se inició en 1995 a través de las investigaciones de Brad Norman en el Parque Marino Ningaloo, costa Oeste de Australia. Utiliza fotografías sencillas que muestran el patrón natural de la piel de cada tiburón, en un espacio que se encuentra por detrás de las agallas y cualquier otra cicatriz para poder distinguir de manera individual a los animales. En el 2002, Jason Holmberg estableció el Proyecto Sheperd, que permite a la librería crecer con la ayuda de registros hechos por las comunidades de ecoturistas, investigadores y conservacionistas de todo el mundo.

Tu también puedes ayudar con la investigación del tiburón ballena – al ingresar fotos e información de los avistamientos a la librería Wildbook. La información que registres se podrá utilizar para ayudar a la conservación de esta especie que se encuentra amenazada.

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Wild Me is always looking for opportunities to better tell the story of whale sharks and the growing body of research and discoveries made possible by dedicated scientists, volunteers, and the general public.

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jason_profile.jpgWildbook for Whale Sharks is maintained and developed by Jason Holmberg (Information Architect) with significant support and input from the research community.

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the following organizations and individuals, without which continuing operation of this Wildbook would not be possible.

Qatar Whale Shark Research Project
Siren Fleet
Exmouth Diving Centre
Adopted shark: A-425
Why are shark research and conservation important?
"We believe that research is essential to whale shark conservation and have always supported those trying to advance our knowledge of the whale sharks and marine environment. We need more knowledge of these and other creatures so we can make sure that critical habitats are preserved, that the animals aren't harmed or forced to modify their behavior and patterns during our interactions and that we have the best possible information to share with those who visit these gentle giants as well as with those who do not get the opportunity to do so in person. Whale sharks are amazing and we all have a unique opportunity to share our experiences in the photo ID library and watch as our knowledge increases. Being able to actually be a part of the research and being informed of changes and new sightings is one of the best ways to get the broader world-wide community involved ? and conservation is something that demands input and commitment from each of us. --Kristin Anderson, Exmouth Diving Centre"
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