Program Estimating Whale Migration Statistics
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Toyon Research Corporation
6800 Cortona Dr, Goleta, CA, 93117-3021
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AbstractToyon proposes to develop a system that can automatically count the number of gray whales that pass nearby a shore-based installation. The system will be comprised of infrared cameras and a set of computers, which automatically scan the video for whale blows. We have implemented and tested such an algorithm using Matlab during Phase I and we propose to extend this algorithm to run in real time during Phase II. Each whale blow that is detected will be reported to an algorithm which infers the number of whales that are presented based on the number, location, and timing of blow detections. The inferencing algorithm will make use of published statistics collected on gray whale surfacing and breathing patterns, migration characteristics, and dive cycles. The system will operate using externally-provided power. Video footage will be archived including snapshots of whale blow detections. The system will be developed and tested at the Toyon facility in Goleta, CA - a short distance from a prime viewing location of the Gray Whale migration.
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