Being able to identify individual animals is a critical aspect of modern conservation. In the case of sea turtle conservation efforts, tracking where and when individuals are spotted can help reveal patterns of movement and residency, and allow more accurate estimates of population. Sea turtles can be identified using their facial scales, which are as unique as a human fingerprint.
Local Ocean Conservation (LOC) would like to use the unique fingerprint of turtle faces to integrate facial image recognition into their existing turtle applications, which would speed up many routine conservation tasks. As a first step towards such a system, we need to develop a tool that can crop a given image to show only the important facial region, reducing the chances of an accidental match down the line.
The goal of this competition is to develop an algorithm or model that can take in an image of a sea turtle and output the position of a bounding box around that all-important scale pattern. A labelled training set with bounding box annotations has been provided.
About Local Ocean Conservation (LOC) (localocean.co):
LOC is a private, not-for-profit organisation committed to the protection of Kenya’s marine environment. LOC supports the communities and coastal areas in Watamu and Diani, Kilifi County with marine conservation and community development projects – centred around a holistic approach to conservation. LOC has been doing marine conservation for over 20yrs.