Kaggle Tackles Whale of an Identification Problem

Kaggle has hosted lots of different data science competitions over the years, but none quite like the one launched by NOAA Fisheries earlier this year. The government agency, with financial support from MATLab creator Mathworks, is sponsoring a data science competition on Kaggle to see who can create the best algorithm for identifying individual right whales.North Atlantic right whales are among the most endangered marine mammals on the planet, with only about 500 individuals remaining. The population is coming back since hunting was banned in the 1930s, but the right whales are still threatened, with entanglement and ship strike being the primary threats they face in the ocean. Because of their precarious foothold on existence, marine biologists working for NOAA Fisheries do everything they can do help them, both on an…

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