Story behind the app
There are approximately 20 million divers across the globe whose main objective is to observe marine organisms of the oceans. At the end of each dive, the main topic of conversation is about the animals and plants observed. However, the question “Which species was it?”, is often unanswered… Why? Because at the moment, there are no tools able to help in species identification without requiring previous knowledge of biology and taxonomy. Ocean life ID is the technological solution to bridge this gap.
The Ocean Life ID application is based on identification keys which uses images and scientific illustrations as the solution to allow anyone to identify the observed organisms when the scientific name is unknown. Using a sequential selection of morphological characteristics, the number of possible organisms is narrowed until a final taxonomic group is attributed where the description provided contains all the selected characteristics. It is a simple identification process which allows anyone to identify a marine organism in a relatively short time.