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We love a good photo hunt, and we love it even more when such a hunt can actually be helpful for scientific research. That’s the premise of the “Walrus from Space” project. This partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) turns to internet people like you and me for help spotting groups of walrus that pop up in satellite photos.
The project, revealed on Thursday, aims to take “a census of Atlantic walrus and walrus from the Laptev Sea” populations by having an army of citizen scientists pore over satellite imagery in search of the marine mammals. Spotting them in satellite imagery isn’t the easiest task since most walrus aren’t looking up and saying “cheese,” but participating actually does serve a helpful purpose.