|Photo-identification techniques allow researchers to identify individuals using either naturally occurring pigmentation patterns, scarring or morphological differences. Photographs are taken of the right dorsal flank, left dorsal flank and tail fluke and then compared within and between years and between populations to define feeding stocks and determine migration patters of large whales. In the long-term these photographs also enable us to estimate population sizes.
If you or anyone you know has visited Sri Lanka to see the magnificent blue whales and would like to contribute photographs to The Sri Lankan blue whale photo-identification catalogue maintained by The Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project since 2008 – please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to send your full name so you can be credited for your efforts.
Through this catalogue we have begun to make some exciting discoveries and we would like to thank Dr. Bob Brownell, John Calambokids and Richard Sears for their support and input into the organisation of our catalogue.