[MARMAM] North Atlantic Beaked Whale Photo-ID Project

Rebecca Boys rebeccaboys at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 8 09:02:00 PDT 2015

Please could the following message be sent out on MARMAM.
Thank you.
Apologies for cross posting.
We are trying to develop a photo-ID database for the North Atlantic beaked whales in collaboration with as many partners as possible. The project is being run by Universidade La Laguna (ULL), Tenerife in collaboration with the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) and its partners.
We are asking for photographs and data of any beaked whale species in the North Atlantic to be submitted on the Cetabase website: http://www.cetabase.info/index-i.php 
You will retain ownership of any photos and data that you submit, and your contribution will help us to gain vital information on these data deficient species.
Please find below the instructions for using Cetabase. If you have any problems please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you,
Rebecca Boys
rebecca at worldcetaceanalliance.org
 Without collaboration we will achieve nothing more than a drop in the ocean. ~ Jean-Michel Cousteau, Honorary President, WCA

Studio 3, Lower Promenade, Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1ET, UK 

Office: +44(0)1273 355011. 

Atlantic Beaked Whale Photo-ID Project – trial phase

I am writing to ask if you would be happy
to submit a small number of beaked whale images from your database or image
archive as part of a trial we are running until 20th October 2015.
Our plan is to develop a North Atlantic Beaked Whale Photo-Identification
Catalogue in collaboration with as many partners as possible, and this trial
will help us understand who is willing to help and what data may be available.

The project is being led by the University
of La Laguna (ULL) in collaboration with the World Cetacean Alliance and its
Partners. We are asking if you could submit five images or more of beaked
whales to the ULL Cetabase website at: http://www.cetabase.info/index-i.php
. You will retain ownership of the images and data use and your contribution
will give us vital information on the potential for further collaboration and
data gathering throughout the North Atlantic. 

We will then review the contributions at
the World Whale
Conference in the Azores, 26-27 October 2015, and provide you with a
feedback report and next steps after this event. 

If you can help with just a few minutes of
your time to upload some images and information to Cetabase we would be
extremely grateful. 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for
more information or assistance with Cetabase. Once the trial is complete we
will contact you again with the initial results and our next step plans to
continue the project.  


With best wishes,


Rebecca Boys

Email: rebecca at worldcetaceanalliance.org 


Most beaked whale species remain poorly
studied yet we are aware of a number of threats, including an extreme
sensitivity to loud sounds. Scientific studies are also increasingly showing
how site faithful beaked whales can be, so local populations could be at high
risk when threatened by continual man-made impacts such as military sonar
activity in specific locations.

Photo-identification of beaked whales
remains an important tool for us to learn more about their distribution,
movements and life history parameters. It is essential that we continue to
photo-identify beaked whales and make our information available in a central
resource if we are to improve our attempts to protect them and their habitats.




first step to using the resources CETABASE makes available is to register as a
user. To do this, select Collaborate in the main menu. You must fill in
a series of details and add a brief explanation of your objectives, the species
and study area.

Once registered, each time you
access Cetabase you have to log in as a user. The username is your e-mail and
you choose the password. 

You can alter or update your details at any time via the Change My Data tab
that appears in the menu on the left. 



 Cetabase offers a unique tool to create
a virtual photo-identification catalogue according to species and sighting
area, so that anyone, wherever they are in the world can create their own
catalogue and/or access the different catalogues available.  


2.1 Create a new individual 

To add a new individual, you enter through the menu, Individuals: New

Various fields are displayed, ready to be filled in. ALL are mandatory except for Name (Mnemo) and Observations.




Sighting Statistics: the following tables
may be generated:


a) Overall record of captures catches with Q and M:

                        - for a

for all species 

b) Capture case-histories for each  species 

c) Table of sightings arranged by season 

d) General table of sightings with individuals

- for a species 

- for all species 

e) Social Composition Table (under

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