Why Whale Research Needs You
Help accelerate new discoveries about humpback whales by participating in Match My Whale, a citizen science crowdsourcing project. By participating in this free program, you’ll learn more about whales and whale research as you help scientists analyze humpback whale fluke photo-identification images from Australia.
We provide all the training right here on this website. Once you’ve completed the training, you’ll be ready to choose a whale and help search for matches in our catalog.
What's a Fluke?
Whale tails have modified limbs that are divided into two lobes called flukes. Humpback whale flukes normally have a serrated edge, a deep notch in the center, and a pattern of black and white pigmentation on the underside that are used to distinguish each individual whale.
The term "fluke-up dive" refers to when a whale raises its flukes above the surface of the water in order to descend sharply below the surface. When this occurs, researchers are able to photograph the underside of the flukes and use this image for photographic identification (photo-ID).
Match My Whale Statistics
- Citizen Scientists: 32556
- Images SPLASH Scored: 1443
- Images Classified: 642
- Image Matches Found: 5
- Images Donated by Citizen Scientists: 16