In this project, we would like to implement a whale recognition system that would allow researchers to reliably identify the whales from aerial photographs.
This project was proposed on Kaggle and the data is readily available and labeled.
The training data consists of 447 individual whale and 4545 aerial photographs that contain only one headshot each. This data comes with notable challenges: on average, an individual whale has only 3 photographs, which might be very small to correctly classify it. Second, as seen below, the whale color can be somehow close to the natural ocean color, which makes it hard to detect or to get its full edges.