PHOTO IDENTIFICATION METHOD
With the use of underwater cameras we can identify individual sharks living in the area and track their behavior and populations in a none invasive way. The side profile of a shark can be used as a unique finger print to create an individual profile for each shark that we manage to get an identifiable picture of.
It can be very tricky to get an identifiable photograph of a shark as sharks are often scared of divers and will swim away when approached or they will hide under rocks and overhangs to feel protected. Although the photo identification method can be time consuming it has many advantages over tagging methods as it is less invasive and significantly cheaper to perform. Luckily for us, the development of computer software makes photo identification easy and accessible.
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