Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Honours


Faculty of Regional Professional Studies

First Advisor

Lindsay Offer

Second Advisor

Viv Campbell


This study investigates current techniques used for automated photo-identification of cetaceans (i.e. dolphins and whales). The primary focus constitutes various techniques that can be applied to identify and extract dorsal fins from digital photographs. A comprehensive analysis of these techniques demonstrates the most effective software solution. To further support this analysis, four prototypes are developed to demonstrate the effectiveness of each technique in a practical environment. The analysis bases its final conclusions on test results generated from these prototype software examples. Final conclusions provide recommendations for an effective, accurate, and practical software solution. This software solution allows dorsal fins to be easily extracted from digital photographs and identified through the use of computer automated methods.