Photo Masterclass!

We would like to broaden the existing study to include your photos from animals in the wild. If you have appropriate photos you have taken of wild Australian sea lions it would be a great contribution to the project if you share them with us.

Please do not forget to keep a minimum distance of 10m from the sea lions when taking photos. Please make sure you know the guidelines before viewing wild sea lions.

The following guidelines on photo conditions will help to keep photos as comparable as possible to each other, this will also enhance the chances to re-identify a previously sighted sea lion.

Cropped images showing the ideal angle for photos

Cropped images showing the ideal angle for photos

1. Angle to take photos: 90° from the front, i.e. the side of the sea lion, like in the cropped example photos (right).

2. Reference points:  Photos should show the pinniped’s muzzle (including the nose) and the eye (as the eye is used as one of the reference points)

3. Amount of photos to take: Taking several photos increases the probability of having more useful shots, with the muzzle in focus.

4. Camera settings/resolution: Set your camera on high resolution.  After you have taken the photo (and before sending it to Whisker Patrol) check to see that you can clearly see the position of most of the whisker spots (where the base of the whisker comes out of the fur).  If you can see these clearly, the photo is of sufficient resolution and quality to be submitted.

5. Distance to take photos: Please follow the regulations and keep a minimum distance of 10m from the sea lions.

6. Irregularities: If a sea lion shows injuries and/or scars, please also take photos of any abnormalities. Scars and injuries may be used to aid individual recognition.

Note the large wound on the right-hand sea lion

Note the large wound on the right-hand sea lion

7. Information needed for each photo:

Date and time of photo taken

Location (e.g. the island or beach you are at)

Camera model (and type of lens if using a SLR)

Visible scars or injuries and information on other abnormalities

If more than one photo is being contributed, please list which photo numbers are of the same individual animals.

8. Additional information:

Total number of sea lions at the beach and in the water

9.  Upload photos:  Once you have looked through the images at home, submit them at the Upload your Photos section.