Spotted eagle rays @ Mote Marine Lab & Cuba

Every year we see them in the Mexican Caribbean, and we do not know where they go, or where they come from, or if the rays we get to admire in Quintana Roo may venture into fishing areas. So, scientists at Blue Core A.C. in Quintana Roo in collaboration with Mote Marine Lab from Florida and ECOSUR from Campeche (Gulf of Mexico) are using their color patterns to identify individuals through pictures taken while diving during the season and across seasons to answer these questions. With pictures gathered as far as 2003, Blue Core A.C. has created the first photo-ID library in Mexico with over 1000 pictures already processed and 282 individuals identified! The Blue Core A.C. team joined the tri-national effort to understand marine resources in the Gulf of Mexico and northern Caribbean and presented results in ECOCIEC conference in Cuba.

See full article about the project here

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