The OceanExplorer Crew works together with the University of La Laguna relating data adquisition and Fotoidentification.
We take daily data from the “Flipper” regarding:
2- How many animals we see
3- How many calves are in the pods
4- Behaviour of the animals
5- Spotting areas
6- How many boats are close to the animals
Fotoidentification is one of the main techniques to study cetaceans. It consists by photographing the dorsal fin and/or the tail fin. With the help of indentations and skars its possible to identify these animals to other times and places. This way we can find out which areas they prefer and if the animals stay close all over the year or if they swim to other islands. This is of extreme importance because from these data the biologist can establish the neccesary measures if the animals need more protection.