Would you like to help?

 

Permanent scarring patterns on the tail fluke of this whale make it easy to recognise in future interactions

Permanent scarring patterns on the tail fluke of this whale make it easy to recognise in future interactions

Characteristic mottling pattern on the left dorsal flank enable us to re-identify this individual in the future.

Characteristic mottling pattern on the left dorsal flank enable us to re-identify this individual in the future.

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 whalessrilanka@gmail.com. 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.

11 thoughts on “Would you like to help?

    • Thank you for this great piece of information Krissy! I have now put up a Donate button on the blog on the right hand side following your great advice :) Thanks much!

  1. I think it’s time you raised some funds to support your work. Please know you are not alone. You can email me at cgazak (at symbol) yahoo (dot symbol) com

  2. So many on Earth feel there is something extraordinarily special whales. When so many feel this way about something there is intuitive truth to it and it is sacred. You are following your passion, which is also sacred. This is important and great work. Thank you.

    • Wow! Thanks so much for this message. Its good to know there are so many people who feel as strongly as I do about doing something positive for this great giants. Stay tuned :)

  3. Hi All, I have now got a Donate button on my blog thanks to the great advice of Krissy M. If you know anyone who might want to contribute please direct them to it? Thanks! Keep those messages rolling in :) Asha

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