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

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

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Why are shark research and conservation important?
"I think that there is a great quote from Jacques Cousteau "If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change, we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect." Research and conservation are imperative not only for the survival of other creatures, but also for our own species."
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