Photo ID Catalogue

HYPMO manages the northern bottlenose whale photo ID catalogue for the Northeast Atlantic. This open database can be used by everyone to compare with the whales they photographed. The catalogue holds the best picture of the left side and/or right side for each known individual and is searchable via keywords. Choose “All individuals” to see the full catalogue!

Using photo identification we can compose a database with all the individuals we have encountered. This information can then be used for example to learn about the whales’ migration patterns, group structures and social life, and interactions with human activities. Photo identification is a powerful tool, but can be hard with northern bottlenose whales which often don’t have many distinctive markings. That’s why we need your help! 

This photo ID catalogue was established using photos sent to us by researchers, whale watchers and other enthusiasts, which we integrated with an initial catalogue developed at the University of St Andrews. At the moment it covers broadly the area Iceland-Jan Mayen-Svalbard-Faroes Islands, but we are also interested in photos from lower latitudes such as off the UK and Ireland. If you are trying to match your own photos to the catalogue and would like to see higher resolution photos or other photos of an individual, let us know.